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View Resource Food Calories and Land

Obesity is on the rise in the United States, due primarily to the size and composition of the American diet. Discussion topics include lack of exercise, changes in calorie intake over time, and environmental impacts of these increases in consumption. Each student will participate in an activity in which they investigate how their own diets affect the agricultural demands of a hypothetical...

View Resource Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

With all of the talk about the demise of the family farm, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to step in to create this campaign to inform citizens about their own local farmers. The basic idea behind this initiative is to "create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers." On their homepage, visitors can check out profiles of...

View Resource Food Policy Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station

Established as a research unit of Rutgers University, the Food Policy Institute is interested in "supporting public and private decision makers who shape aspects of the food system within which government, agriculture, industry and the consumer interact." Interested parties can get the basic sense of what the Institute does on a regular basis by looking over the short introductory essay in the...

View Resource USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

Nutrition is very important, and coming across high-quality websites on the subject is a real treat. The United States Department of Agriculture created the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) in 1971, and their work is designed to provide a broad range of resources of nutrition for health professionals, educators, government personnel, and consumers. As with many of the USDA's sites,...

View Resource American Council on Science and Health

Founded in 1978, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is an education consortium that is primarily concerned with "issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health". Along with this broad thematic focus, the ACSH is also interested in providing a "sound scientific basis" for various public policies through their research programs....

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