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Session: The Vicious Spiral: Population Growth, Nutritional Needs and Environmental Degradation
4266.0: Tuesday, November 9, 2004: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
The Vicious Spiral: Population Growth, Nutritional Needs and Environmental Degradation
James Grant, the late director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), warned of the “vicious spiral” of population growth, poverty, and environmental degradation - each component exacerbating and accelerating the trend toward destruction of the biosphere. Many other critically important factors are caught up in this spiral of destruction, which, if left unchecked, will continue to intensify the problem while at the same time, if altered, provide opportunities for intervention and interruption of the vicious spiral. Foremost among these other factors is the increasing human consumption of meat - especially beef, pork, and poultry - raised on factory farms, and the spread of Western dietary patterns to cultures where grains and vegetables have traditionally been the source of protein and complex carbohydrates. The growth of population is accompanied by increasing gaps in income and access to resources. Current food production and food distribution policies are dominated by policies developed to advance the economic interests of the agricultural sector of the wealthy industrialized nations at the expense of the poor developing countries. Food security for more than a billion of the earth’s people remains elusive and cannot be achieved without a rebalancing of the dietary practices of the rich as well as the poor. The Center for a Livable Future will present examples of interventions designed to contain and ultimately reduce factory farming, improve the nutritional value of the American diet, and protect and preserve the ecosystem to assure food production for future generations.
Learning Objectives: Describe five factors contributing to the nutrition transition and their impact on public health and the global environment. Identify the public health and environmental threats from the current methods of industrial agriculture and industrial animal production. Develop strategies to involve public health professionals in local and global food security initiatives.
Organizer(s):Robert Lawrence, MD
Kevin Delaney, MPH
Moderator(s):Robert S. Lawrence, MD
4:30 PMGlobal Nutrition Transition: Health Impacts
Robert S. Lawrence, MD
4:45 PMThe System that "Feeds" the Spiral
Shawn McKenzie, MPH
5:00 PMDietary Change to Escape the Spiral
Pamela Rhubart, MPH
5:15 PMLocal Action to Escape the Spiral: Food Security as a Public Health Problem
Wayne Roberts, PhD
5:30 PMFarming Solutions to Escape the Spiral
Michael Heller
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Environment
Endorsed by:Food and Nutrition; Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA