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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Daily Water Intake Among U.S. Men and Women, 2009-2012

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db242.pdf

Describes water needs and average amounts consumed by age, sex, and race/Hispanic origin.  Also covers sources of water consumed. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Consumer Expenditures Midyear Update, July 2014 Through June 2015 Average

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/cesmy_04152016.pdf

Reports that average consumer expenditures were up 5.9% compared with the 2013-2014 midyear average.  Average incomes also increased by 6.6%.  Covers average household expenditures by specific categories.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

(education     energy     food/nutrition     health/medical     housing/homelessness     prices/inflation     statistics     transportation)

Genetically Engineered Crops: USDA Needs to Enhance Oversight and Better Understand Impacts of Unintended Mixing with Other Crops

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/675791.pdf

Proponents assert that GE crops are more pest-resistant, require less labor, and increase productivity.  Opponents cite possible harm to agriculture, the environment, and humans.  This report examines steps federal agencies have taken to regulate GE crops, the extent and impact of unintended mixing of GE and non-GE crops, and the amount of information provided to the public on GE crops.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

FDA Approves Folic Acid Fortification of Corn Masa Flour

Categories: Births/Deaths,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Health/Medical,Hispanics,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm496104.htm

Press release on federal approval of fortifying corn flour with 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour.  Folic acid helps prevent birth defects affecting the brain, spine, and spinal cord.  The change is expected to help Hispanics for whom corn masa flour is a staple food.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

The Food Assistance Landscape: FY2015 Annual Report

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2031346/eib150.pdf

Examines federal spending for 15 food assistance programs and trends in the prevalence and severity of household food insecurity in the U.S. through 2014.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

U. S. Food Commodity Consumption Broken Down by Demographics, 1994-2008

Categories: Education,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2053476/err-206.pdf

Who eats what?  This report examines food availability and consumption for 63 commodities by consumers’ age, gender, income, race/ethnicity, and education. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

https://health2016.globalchange.gov/

Examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future.  Includes chapters on temperature-related death and illness, air quality impacts, extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases, water-related illness, food safety, and mental health.  From the White House and the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

The Food Assistance Landscape: FY2015 Annual Report

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/2031346/eib150.pdf

Examines trends in 15 federal food and nutrition assistance programs in FY2015 and in the prevalence/severity of household food insecurity in the U.S. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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