Fact Sheets

Autism, Environment and Diet: Questions and Answers

Published December 10, 2012

Q: What causes autism? A: There is no one cause of autism. Multiple factors in our food and broader environment combine with inherited factors to contribute to autism. All of these factors can play different roles, and can take on various levels of significance in different individuals—all of us are unique in...

No Time to Lose

Published October 26, 2012

For all 147 studies, download the expanded version of the bibliography. 1. Antibiotic resistance and why it occurs Health professionals in training learn the basics of antibiotic resistance summarized, for example, in Levy (1999, 2002),1,2 Tenover (2006)3 and Courvalin (2006).4 As science evolves, it has become clear...

An Update on the World Bank’s Experimentation with Soil Carbon

Published October 4, 2012

At the first Hague Conference on Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change in November 2010, the World Bank launched its first agricultural soil carbon project in Africa. The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP) has been promoted as a “triple win” for mitigation, adaptation and increased crop...

Tiny, Scary, Unregulated

Published October 1, 2012

Note: The September 28, 2012 episode of Radio Sustain also focuses on nanotechnology in agriculture and food, featuring an interview with IATP's Steve Suppan. Listen to the episode. Tiny It seems like the stuff of science fiction: the ability to manipulate matter atom by individual atom into new structures, some...

A Climate-smart Idea?

Published August 31, 2012

This piece is a summary of a longer, more in-depth piece by Doreen Stabinsky entitled Soil Carbon and the Offset Market: Practices, Players and Politics The World Bank and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are promoting “climate-smart agriculture” (CSA), which includes practices that...

Working Landscapes Certificate

Published April 25, 2012

Embracing the latest technologies, diversifying their operation and pioneering new markets are just part of life today for Angela and Kerry Knuth, who farm more than 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans near Mead, Nebraska. Over the past decade, Kerry and Angela have used software and computers to track the true costs of...

Exporting Obesity

Published April 5, 2012

Obesity trends Public health experts no longer accept that the obesity epidemic can be explained solely as the outcome of poor individual choices. They understand, rather, that the food environments or food “defaults” surrounding people constrain the actual choices people are likely to make, i.e., the...

Green Economy: Commoditization of the Commons

Published March 13, 2012

Summary The shift from a focus on “sustainable development” at the first Earth Summit in 1992 to that on the “green economy” at the upcoming Rio+20 summit is more than changing terms. It reflects a fundamental change away from recognizing the need to limit some kinds of economic growth. The new...

Corporatizing Water: India’s Draft National Water Policy

Published February 28, 2012

A new consortium of business and international finance is systematically trying to influence how the world’s water will be allocated in future. The consortium seeks to promote policies that will treat water primarily as an economic good to be bought and sold, rather than a fundamental right. Because the...

Speculation Update: Progress Report on U.S. Commodity Market Reforms

Published February 24, 2012

The 2008 food and finance crisis ushered in a series of public debates on the causes of food price volatility and its contribution to growing hunger around the world. When U.S. food and energy prices rise, they affect prices around the world, both because of their contribution to global food supplies and because they...