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Science Denialism in the 21st Century: It’s rampant, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I went to a conference at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) on June 28 titled Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health. It was presented jointly by the Rutgers Global Health Initiative and the academy. The goal of the conference was to discuss the social, cultural, behavioral and... read more about Science Denialism in the 21st Century: It’s rampant, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon »


The Unsavory Side of Sugar, image by Paul Reid

The Unsavory Side of Sugar

Friday, July 13, 2018

The industry calls them SSBs. You know them as sugar-sweetened beverages, and they’re one of the many ways that an overload of sugar enters the average person’s diet. They were just one of the sugar-coated problems addressed when health and science experts met at Harvard Medical School to discuss... read more about The Unsavory Side of Sugar »


US Opposes UN Resolution for Breastfeeding

News Tip: U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution ‘Sadly Out of Step,’ Expert Says

Monday, July 9, 2018

The U.S. succeeded in watering down language in a U.N. World Health Assembly resolution to encourage breastfeeding. Under pressure from the Trump administration, language was removed that would have curtailed corporations’ promoting inappropriate foods for infants and young children. The following... read more about News Tip: U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution ‘Sadly Out of Step,’ Expert Says »


Sarah Zoubek, Steve Schewel, Richard Joyner, Ertharin Cousin

One Question Interview with a Mayor, an Activist Reverend, a Policy Analyst and a former Ambassador

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Duke’s World Food Policy Center (WFPC) recently organized a panel discussion on food security efforts across multiple scales – global to local, and urban to rural.  The panel featured Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, Reverend Richard Joyner, WFPC Associate Director Sarah Zoubek, and... read more about One Question Interview with a Mayor, an Activist Reverend, a Policy Analyst and a former Ambassador »


Ertharin Cousin

To Achieve Food Security for All, Build Trust With Communities

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Across the globe, there is more obesity, racial inequity in food access, malnutrition, diet-related disease and food waste than ever before. Those issues interconnect with poverty and inequality as a driver of food insecurity. To meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of... read more about To Achieve Food Security for All, Build Trust With Communities »


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California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

In California, the legislature passed a bill Thursday that will preempt any new local beverage or food taxes for 12 years. “The irony is that the soda companies screamed very loudly about government overreach when soda taxes began to get passed,” said Kelly Brownell, the dean of the Sanford... read more about California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding. »


 Duke Outpatient Clinic Social Worker Jan Dillard, Duke medical student Julian Xie, Duke Cardiothoracic Surgery Certified Nursin

Helping Good Ideas Take Root

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A few years ago, Julian Xie, a Duke School of Medicine student, was at Duke Campus Farm, where he met Rebecca Hoeffler, the communications coordinator for Sustainable Duke. Xie and Hoeffler started talking about how to get the health care community more involved in food policy and environmental... read more about Helping Good Ideas Take Root »


The contribution of fisheries to food and nutrition security

New Report: The Nutrition and Food Security Contributions of Capture Fisheries

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Nutrition and Food Security Contributions of Capture Fisheries – Q&A with Author John Virdin Capture (wild caught) fisheries are one of the world’s important food systems, providing nearly one-fifth of the average per capita animal protein intake for more than 3.1 billion people as well... read more about New Report: The Nutrition and Food Security Contributions of Capture Fisheries »


Musician Moby

People are furious after a millionaire vegan musician wrote an op-ed arguing people shouldn't be allowed to use food stamps to buy candy

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Moby, a famous musician, DJ, and avowed vegan, is under fire for an op-ed he published in The Wall Street Journal. In the article, under the headline "Food Stamps Shouldn't Pay for Junk," Moby argues that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should cut costs by restricting... read more about People are furious after a millionaire vegan musician wrote an op-ed arguing people shouldn't be allowed to use food stamps to buy candy »


Hamburger, fries and soda

Study finds majority of foods advertised during sporting events are unhealthy

Thursday, April 5, 2018

It seems that sports and junk food just go well together. What’s the point of even watching a football game without chowing down on pizza and wings? However, new research has revealed that many of the food items marketed through sports sponsorships are bad for you—and may be contributing to... read more about Study finds majority of foods advertised during sporting events are unhealthy »


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