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I am hoping some of you may be able to point me toward information I think must be out there...but that I haven't been able to find!
I've seen both "Food Inc." and "Fresh" - two recently released documentaries about the contemporary U.S. food system, with emphasis on serious problems created by factory farms and other practices common within large-scale agricultural operations. These are powerful and thought-provoking films, and they put forth - visually and orally - some critical issues (health, ethical, environmental to name just a few) for all to consider.
That said, I am also interested in viewers who may question some of the perspectives/facts shared in either or both of these films. As I said above, I know the films raise critical issues, but I sense that some of the films' generalities might be overstated. (Admittedly, I may be wrong in this, but I'd like a broader foundation for evaluation than just my own inadequate knowledge base!)
Thanks, in advance, for any insights you could share with me and/or any references/websites/etc. you could point me toward.
Suzanne Pelican, MS, RD
Food & Nutrition Specialist / WIN Wyoming Coordinator
Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service
Dept. 3354, 1000 E. University
Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-5177; fax: 307-766-5686
*Public release date: 24-Jan-2013*
Contact: Michael Skinner
Washington State University <http://www.wsu.edu>
New suite of chemicals seen causing disease generations later Plastic
products and jet fuel exposures raising incidences of 'epigenetic
PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have lengthened
their list of environmental toxicants that can negatively affect as many as
three generations of an exposed animal's offspring.
Writing in the online journal *PLOS ONE*, scientists led by molecular
biologist Michael Skinner document reproductive disease and obesity in the
descendants of rats exposed to the plasticizer bisephenol-A, or BPA, as
well DEHP and DBP, plastic compounds known as phthalates.
In a separate article in the journal *Reproductive Toxicology*, they report
the first observation of cross-generation disease from a widely used
hydrocarbon mixture the military refers to as JP8.
Both studies are the first of their kind to see obesity stemming from the
process of "epigenetic transgenerational inheritance." While the animals
are inheriting traits conveyed by their parents' DNA sequences, they are
also having epigenetic inheritance with some genes turned on and off.
Skinner's lab in the past year has documented these epigenetic effects from
a host of environmental toxicants, including plastics, pesticides,
fungicide, dioxin and hydrocarbons.
The recent *PLOS ONE *study found "significant increases" in disease and
abnormalities in the first and third generations of both male and female
descendants of animals exposed to plastics. The first generation, whose
mother had been directly exposed during gestation, had increased kidney and
prostate diseases. The third generation had pubertal abnormalities, testis
disease, ovarian disease and obesity.
The study also identified nearly 200 epigenetic molecular markers for
exposure and transgenerational disease. The markers could lead to the
development of a diagnostic tool and new therapies.
The *Reproductive Toxicology* study exposed female rats to the hydrocarbon
mixture as their fetuses' gonads were developing. The first generation of
offspring had increased kidney and prostate abnormalities and ovarian
disease. The third generation had increased losses of primordial follicles,
the precursors to eggs, polycystic ovarian disease and obesity.
The study, said Skinner, "provides additional support for the possibility
that environmental toxicants can promote the epigenetic transgenerational
inheritance of disease."
"Your great-grandmothers exposures during pregnancy may cause disease in
you, while you had no exposure," he said. "This is a non-genetic form of
inheritance not involving DNA sequence, but environmental impacts on DNA
chemical modifications. This is the first set of studies to show the
epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease such as obesity, which
suggests ancestral exposures may be a component of the disease development."
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An exciting position in local food systems at North Carolina State University...it is my understanding that the state of NC is doing some great work with local foods.
Please share with others in your networks. THANKS!
Linda T. Drake, M.S.
Nutritionist and Program Director
UCONN Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Department of Nutritional Sciences
3624 Horsebarn Rd. Ext.
Storrs, CT 06269-4017
From: Marshall Stewart [marshall_stewart(a)ncsu.edu]
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Subject: [fcsldrs] Position Announcement - NC State University (Local Foods)
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Assistant Professor: Local Foods (Health and Wellness) Position Number 00103088
Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
The department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences at North Carolina State University is seeking applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor Position (50% research/50% extension) to address the growing area of local food systems and the impact they can have on the health of North Carolinians. This position would bring policy-informing research together with outreach and engagement activities to further foster local foods as an important factor in healthy communities and families. NC State University and NC Cooperative Extension (NCCE) are positioned as a strong leadership voice at the intercept of public health, local food systems and community development. The Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences has identified a gap in the applied research surrounding the development, delivery and evaluation of how local foods can impact public health within communities, and ultimately with families in North Carolina.
· Evaluate the needs and impacts of local foods on North Carolinians using rigorous research methods
· Inform policy decisions and extension activities, through research in the area of local foods, food availability, and food accessibility as it relates to healthy eating, overweight and obesity, and chronic disease risk reduction
· Examine the link between the consumer, local foods, and health behaviors
· Develop a social laboratory including the development of evaluation guidelines for projects and training local people in both the assessment and evaluation of projects
· Lead a program to engage faculty within, and those supported by, the department who are currently working in the area of local foods
· Provide support to community gardens, local food availability, food safety and food accessibility
· Work with county staff to develop strategies to work effectively with stakeholder within the local food systems and create materials to reduce barriers and increase the impacts of initiatives
· Support all of NCCE professionals as they seek to partner with individuals and organizations within local foods systems
Educational requirements and preferred skills
· Earned doctorate in nutrition, food systems or health related field
· Past experience working in the area of local food systems
· Research experience in public health policy and health behaviors
· Proven publication record in the professional literature
· Grant writing experience
· Knowledge of the land grant system and/or Cooperative Extension
Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2013 and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Please attach a CV, cover letter and names of three references to your application. For further information or to apply visit https://jobs.ncsu.edu and “search vacancies” for position number 00103088. For questions, contact Dr. Benjamin Chapman, Assistant Professor and Search Committee Chair, at (919) 515-8099<tel:%28919%29%20515-8099> or benjamin_chapman(a)ncsu.edu<mailto:email@example.com>
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NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information.
NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
The University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
Marshall Stewart, Ed.D
Associate Director, NC Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H & FCS
Special Assistant to the Dean
NC State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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I wanted to congratulate Dr. Carolyn Dunn at NCSU for her leadership in bringing the updated North Carolina's Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities 2013-2020 to reality. I know many on these two Listserves would be interested in this document and wanted to bring it to yoru attention. I was pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the writing committee for this plan. Lots of information is available on www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com
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Department of Family Medicine; of Pediatrics at Brody School of Medicine
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> *Public release date: 29-Jan-2013*
> Contact: Jessica Maki
> Brigham and Women's Hospital <http://www.brighamandwomens.org>
> Could the timing of when you eat, be just as important as what you eat? This
> is the first large-scale prospective study to demonstrate that the timing
> of meals predicts weight-loss effectiveness
> Boston, MA?Most weight-loss plans center around a balance between caloric
> intake and energy expenditure. However, new research has shed light on a
> new factor that is necessary to shed pounds: timing. Researchers from
> Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), in collaboration with the University of
> Murcia and Tufts University, have found that it's not simply what you eat,
> but also when you eat, that may help with weight-loss regulation.
> The study will be published on January 29, 2013 in the *International
> Journal of Obesity*.
> "This is the first large-scale prospective study to demonstrate that the
> timing of meals predicts weight-loss effectiveness," said Frank Scheer,
> PhD, MSc, director of the Medical Chronobiology Program and associate
> neuroscientist at BWH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical
> School, and senior author on this study. "Our results indicate that late
> eaters displayed a slower weight-loss rate and lost significantly less
> weight than early eaters, suggesting that the timing of large meals could
> be an important factor in a weight loss program."
> To evaluate the role of food timing in weight-loss effectiveness, the
> researchers studied 420 overweight study participants who followed a
> 20-week weight-loss treatment program in Spain. The participants were
> divided into two groups: early-eaters and late-eaters, according to the
> self-selected timing of the main meal, which in this Mediterranean
> population was lunch. During this meal, 40 percent of the total daily
> calories are consumed. Early-eaters ate lunch anytime before 3 p.m. and
> late-eaters, after 3 p.m. They found that late-eaters lost significantly
> less weight than early-eaters, and displayed a much slower rate of
> weight-loss. Late-eaters also had a lower estimated insulin sensitivity, a
> risk factor for diabetes.
> Researchers found that timing of the other (smaller) meals did not play a
> role in the success of weight loss. However, the late eaters?who lost less
> weight?also consumed fewer calories during breakfast and were more likely
> to skip breakfast altogether. Late-eaters also had a lower estimated
> insulin sensitivity, a risk factor for diabetes.
> The researchers also examined other traditional factors that play a role in
> weight loss such as total calorie intake and expenditure, appetite hormones
> leptin and ghrelin, and sleep duration. Among these factors, researchers
> found no differences between both groups, suggesting that the timing of the
> meal was an important and independent factor in weight loss success.
> "This study emphasizes that the timing of food intake itself may play a
> significant role in weight regulation" explains Marta Garaulet, PhD,
> professor of Physiology at the University of Murcia Spain, and lead author
> of the study. "Novel therapeutic strategies should incorporate not only the
> caloric intake and macronutrient distribution, as it is classically done,
> but also the timing of food."
> This research was supported by grants from Tom?s Pascual and Pilar
> G?mez-Cu?tara Foundations, Spanish Government of Science and Innovation
> (BFU2011-24720), S?neca Foundation from the Government of Murcia
> (15123/PI/10). National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute grants HL-54776,
> National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Grant
> Number DK075030 and by contracts 53-K06-5-10 and 58-1950-9-001 from the US
> Department of Agriculture Research, and by National Heart, Lung, and Blood
> Institute grant R01 HL094806, and by National Institute of Diabetes and
> Digestive and Kidney Diseases, grant R21 DK089378.
> Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching
> affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners
> HealthCare. BWH has more than 3.5 million annual patient visits, is the
> largest birthing center in New England and employs nearly 15,000 people.
> The Brigham's medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich
> history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in patient
> care, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and its
> dedication to research, innovation, community engagement and educating and
> training the next generation of health care professionals. Through
> investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute
> (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational
> research on human diseases, involving nearly 1,000 physician-investigators
> and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by nearly $625
> million in funding. BWH continually pushes the boundaries of medicine,
> including building on its legacy in organ transplantation by performing the
> first face transplants in the U.S. in 2011. BWH is also home to major
> landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and
> Physicians' Health Studies, OurGenes and the Women's Health Initiative. For
> more information and resources, please visit BWH's online newsroom.
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