Study Indicates Low Vitamin D = Asthma for African American Children in DC

Study: Low levels of vitamin D linked to higher rates of asthma in African-American kids   Washington, DC — Researchers at Children’s National Medical Center have discovered that African American children with asthma in metropolitan Washington, DC, are significantly more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than healthy African American children. This study […]

Limited Availability of Grocery Stores Contributes to Obesity

Study finds that low-income women living in small cities have higher chance of obesity   A recent Kansas State University study found that the availability of supermarkets — rather than the lack of them –increased the risk of obesity for low-income women living in small cities. This suggests that policies to increase healthful eating behaviors […]

Ecological Design Tranforms Mexican Community

Mexican Farmers Turn Milpas into Forest Gardens by Fred Bahnson on March 9, 2010 When government extension agents first came to Juan Bautista’s Yucatan village of Chun-Yah, a tiny pueblo in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, they told him he should start growing pitaya, also known as dragonfruit. Originating in Meso-America, this cactus is […]

Farm-to-School Programs Improve Nutrition

Farm to School Efforts Double in Minnesota Demand from students, farmers and schools grows for farm to school programs   MINNEAPOLIS, Minn – March 9 – The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the […]

Hunger in San Joaquin County

Painting a picture of hunger Survey provides a look at who’s seeking food aid in S.J. County By Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer January 22, 2010 STOCKTON – A new survey of the county’s hungry released Thursday gives a clearer picture of those queueing up for help from public agencies and private charities to […]

Sometimes ‘appropriate technologies’ aren’t appropriate!

What Is an Appropriate Technology? By Sara Delaney At the launch of the new book Science and Innovation for Development on 19 January, co-author Sir Gordon Conway said: “It doesn’t matter where the technology comes from, it matters that it is appropriate.” Too often international development researchers, policymakers, and practitioners get caught up in the […]