Cornucopia: Leveraging Agriculture to Improve Health and Nutrition

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Rowman & Littlefield, Dec 16, 2011 - Business & Economics - 82 pages
Cornucopia explores the health and economic implications of U.S. farm policy. Using a corn farm in rural South Dakota as his starting point, Johnson reviews the history of agricultural policies in America to understand how large-scale, industrial agriculture came to play such a large role in U.S. and world food production. He also discusses the role of agricultural policies in the on-going "food for fuel" debate, as well as the linkages between agricultural outputs and health outcomes. As the U.S. battles with a burgeoning epidemic of dietary disease - including some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension in the developed world - it is especially important to understand where our food comes from and its relation to health, nutrition, and economic mobility. Ensuring America's health and well-being requires us to first return to the farm.
 

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Contents

Ch01 You Are What You Eat
1
Ch02 On the Farm
4
Ch03 Americas Cornucopia
10
Ch04 How We Got Fat Part I
15
Ch05 The American Diet
22
Ch06 How We Got Fat Part II
25
Ch07 HFCS and Health
30
Ch08 Big Food Meet Big Tobacco
38
Ch10 The Case for Reform
51
Ch11 Fixing the System
55
Ch12 Local Regional National
60
Ch13 Getting It Right at WM
64
CH14 Summary and Conclusion
69
Appendix Quick Tips for Healthy Eating
71
References
79
Copyright

Ch09 Lessons from the Pyramid
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About the author (2011)

D. Patrick Johnson grew up in the Great Plains of South Dakota surrounded by corn fields. He currently works in Washington, D.C. as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton's Diplomacy and International Development practice. Johnson's professional focus in the agricultural sector includes program strategy, design, and management. He remains involved with advocacy and educational work to connect agricultural policy with health and nutrition. Johnson is a regularly featured speaker at universities, think tanks, government forums, and international conferences. His work has taken him to over 35 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.