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Planetary health and nutrition: Tracking the human nutritional consequences of accelerating global environmental change

This Friedman Seminar features Sam Myers, Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, presenting “Planetary health and nutrition: Tracking the human nutritional consequences of accelerating global environmental change.”Bio:Samuel Myers, MD, MPH works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. Sam’s current work spans several areas of planetary health including 1) the global nutritional impacts of rising concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere; 2) the health impacts of land management decisions in SE Asia associated with biomass burning and particulate air pollution; 3) the nutritional impacts of reduced access to wildlife (bushmeat) in the diet in Madagascar; 4) the local (in Madagascar) and global consequences of fisheries decline for human nutrition and health; and 5) the impact of animal pollinator declines on human nutrition at a global scale. As the Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Sam oversees a multi-institutional effort to support research, education and policy efforts around the world focused on understanding and quantifying the human health impacts of global environmental change and translating that understanding into resource management decisions globally. Dr. Myers serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet-Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Planetary Health and was recently awarded the Prince Albert II of Monaco—Institut Pasteur Award 2015 for research at the interface of global environmental change and human health.Abstract:We find ourselves at an interesting moment in human history when global food demand is rising more steeply than ever before in human history at the same time that many of the fundamental biophysical conditions that underpin global food production (agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries) are changing much more rapidly than ever before in human history. I will briefly discuss some of the global trends and introduce the concept of Planetary Health. Then I will introduce some of our group’s research into nutritional consequences of some of these trends (rising CO2, pollinator declines, changes in the status of global fisheries, access to bushmeat) and discuss some of the important data gaps to move this field forward.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

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4 Oct 2016

Rank #1

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Dean's Medal Ceremony: “Tackling Childhood Obesity: A Conversation with Peter R. Dolan”

The 2016 Friedman School Dean’s Medal Ceremony honored Peter R. Dolan, A78, A08P, Chairman, Tufts University Board of Trustees, for his many accomplishments and extraordinary service to Tufts University.The Dean’s Medal is the highest honor awarded by each school at Tufts, reserved for those select individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university and the greater community. This event was held Wednesday, September 14, 2016.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

53mins

20 Sep 2016

Rank #2

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Food Waste: The Role of Date Labels, Package Size, and Product Category

Abstract:Food waste has generated significant debate among industry stakeholders, policy makers, and consumer groups. Date labels (Best by, Fresh by, Sell by, and Use by) may lead to confusion about food quality and safety among consumers and may prompt waste. With an experimental auction, we test the effect of date labels on premeditated waste. Our results suggest that date labels influence the value of premeditated food waste, or willingness to waste (WTW). Ambiguity avoidance may prompt differential WTW. Despite the limited information provided by date labels, on average, they influence WTW, which may be indicative of future, actualized waste.Bio:Dr. Norbert Wilson is a professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University, AL. He has published in journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, American Journal of Health Behavior, Food Policy, World Development, inter alia. He worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where he focused on international food and trade policies. Dr. Wilson just completed a USDA-supported sabbatical leave at Cornell University on behavioral economics in the context of food choice among food pantry clients.

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19 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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Folic Acid Fortification Benefit and Risk goes Global: A case study in science/policy mistra

The campaign centered in the US CDC birth defects branch to spread Folic acid fortification of Flour globally after the experience in the USA to prevent half of the neural tube defect births (spina bifida and Anencephaly) lacks the controls against risks of excessive folic acid exposure built into the US mandate. That campaign tries to suppress the growing evidence that high intakes of synthetic folic acid (not A natural form of the vitamin folate) especially in infants and elderly with low vitamin B 12 status may create risk of adverse effects and cognitive impairment. This dismissal of inconvenient emerging science, even at WHO, is a troubling insight into the dangers of advocacy versus evidence-based policy making.Bio: Doctor Irwin Rosenberg is a Professor of Nutrition and Medicine at Tufts University's USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) and the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy. He was born and educated through college in Madison, Wisconsin and received his M.D. at Harvard Medical School with sub-specialty training in Internal Medicine Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Thorndike Memorial laboratory and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After serving as chair of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the University of Chicago, Dr. Rosenberg was appointed Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. His research interests include the impact of diet and nutrition on aging brain functions with special reference to the vitamins Folic acid and B 12, as well as the regulation of homocysteine metabolism and maintenance of cerebrovascular integrity. Dr. Rosenberg was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served as chair of its Food and Nutrition Board. He is the current editor of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin and former editor of the Nutrition Reviews.

1hr 2mins

4 Apr 2016

Rank #4

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The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - What Does Everyone Need to Know?

Dariush Mozaffarian and Alice Lichtenstein present "The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - What Does Everyone Need to Know?" This seminar was originally held on 1/27/16. Abstract:The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are to (1) follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan; (2) focus on variety, nutrient density and amount; (3) limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake; (4) shift to healthier food and beverage choices; and (5) support healthy eating patterns in all venues. Key recommendations include: (a) consume a healthy eating pattern that accounts for all foods and beverages within an appropriate calorie level; (b) a healthy eating pattern includes a variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups, fruits (especially whole fruits), grains (at least half of which are whole grains), fat-free or low-fat dairy (including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages), a variety of protein foods (including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes [beans and peas], and nuts, seeds and soy products), and oils; (c) a healthy eating pattern limits, saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars and sodium; (d) if alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation and only by adults of legal drinking age; and (e) meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for American report has engendered considerably controversy within the scientific community. Issues underlying some of these controversies will be addressed.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

57mins

2 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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What does sustainability have to do with the Dietary Guidelines?

This Friedman Seminar features Miriam Nelson, associate dean, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Friedman School professor, and Tim Griffin, director of Friedman's Agriculture Food and Environment Program, speaking on the topic of dietary guidelines and sustainability. This seminar was held on October 14th, 2015.The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report that was submitted last February has received unprecedented public attention. The majority of the attention -- coming from the private sector, politicians, advocates, academics, and the public at large, has been focused on the inclusion of sustainability into the report. Professor Nelson was a member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and Professor Griffin was a consultant to the committee. Professors Nelson and Griffin will discuss the rationale for including sustainability in the report, as well as the scientific process and report conclusions.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

1hr 2mins

19 Oct 2015

Rank #6

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Science, Politics, and Policy of Agroecology

This Friedman Seminar features Ricardo Salvador, PhD, senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, speaking on the topic of "Science, Politics, and Policy of Agroecology" This seminar was held on April 22nd, 2015.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

1hr 4mins

22 Apr 2015

Rank #7

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Evaluation of the EU School Fruit Scheme in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

This Friedman Seminar features Dr. Monika Hartmann speaking on the topic of "Evaluation of the EU School Fruit Scheme in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany." This seminar was held on April 15th, 2015.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

59mins

15 Apr 2015

Rank #8

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Nutrition, Inflammation, Immunity, and Healthspan

This Friedman Seminar features Simin Nikbin Meydani, speaking on the topic of "Nutrition, Inflammation, Immunity, and Healthspan" This seminar was held on March 11th, 2015.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

58mins

19 Mar 2015

Rank #9

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A Panel Discussion on Food Insecurity in Boston

This Friedman Seminar features a panel discussion on Food Insecurity in Boston. In tandem with the annual SNAP Challenge, the Friedman Justice League presented this diverse panel of distinguished experts to share their experiences and insights into the fight for food security and equity in Greater Boston. Featuring: Jennifer Obadia, New England Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm's Healthy Food in Health Care ProgramCassandria Campbell and Jackson Renshaw, Co-Founders, Fresh Food GenerationMaura Ackerman, Project Manager, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division, Boston Public Health CommissionCatherine D'Amato, President and CEO, Greater Boston Food BankModerated by Parke WildeThis seminar was held on March 4th, 2015.About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

59mins

6 Mar 2015

Rank #10

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Diet and health: from nutrient-centered to food-centered policy in the United States

Jerold Mande, MPH, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, US Department of Agriculture, speaks on the topic of "Diet and health: from nutrient-centered to food-centered policy in the United States." This seminar was held on November 19th, 2014. About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy: The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

58mins

4 Dec 2014

Rank #11

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Weight Stigma: Implications for Research and Public Health

Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, Yale University on "Weight Stigma: Implications for Research and Public Health."About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy:The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The school's eight degree programs – which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics – are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

1hr 4mins

25 Apr 2014

Rank #12

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The Farm Bill and the Future of U.S. Food Security Programs

58mins

21 Feb 2014

Rank #13

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Food Aid Quality Review

56mins

18 Feb 2014

Rank #14

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Your Brain on Food: The Neurocognitive Basis of Eating Behavior

54mins

21 Nov 2013

Rank #15

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Porkopolis: Industrializing Pigs and People in American Agriculture

1hr 1min

7 Nov 2013

Rank #16

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Food Insecurity, Associated Hardships and the Health of Young Children

57mins

24 Oct 2013

Rank #17

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Is Infant Behavior Linked to Childhood Obesity Risk? Insights from an Early Preventive Intervention

57mins

10 Oct 2013

Rank #18

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The Evolving Nature of Food Assistance: Changes and Challenges in Humanitarian Food Security Response

1hr 2mins

4 Oct 2013

Rank #19

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The USDA Food and Nutrition Service

1hr

12 Sep 2013

Rank #20