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Phosphate Resources

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,China,Food/Nutrition,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-477.pdf

Describes the importance of phosphates for food security, the location of dwindling reserves, and ways in which dependence on mineral reserves could be reduced. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

School Meal Programs: Implications of Adjusting Income Eligibility Thresholds and Reimbursement Rates by Geographic Differences

Categories: Children,Education,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664689.pdf

Current eligibility rules for free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs do not consider geographic differences in the cost of living.  This report looks at a variety of methods  for identifying geographic differences in living costs and the potential for using them in the school meals program.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

State of the World’s Forests 2014: Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3710e.pdf

Emphasizes how well-managed forests can contribute to sustainable development and promote food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption of U.S. Youth, 2009-2010

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Statistics,Youth

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db156.pdf

Examines the percentage of youth, aged 2-19 years, who consumed fruits and vegetables on a given day in the 2009-2010 period.  Also examines differences by age, race and Hispanic origin.  Finds that about 25% of youth consumed no fruit and about 10% no vegetables on a given day.

From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies

Categories: Federal State Relations,Food/Nutrition,Govt Processes/Organization,Medicare/Medicaid

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40486.pdf

Provides an overview of the six block grant types, the arguments for and against the use of block grants to achieve national goals, the historical role of block grants in American federalism, recent changes to existing grants, and proposals to create new ones. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014-2023

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Foreign Trade/Investment,India,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.oecd.org/site/oecd-faoagriculturaloutlook/

Provides an annual assessment of prospects for the coming decade of national, regional, and global agricultural commodities  Includes special feature on India.   From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Consumers’ Use of Nutrition Information When Eating Out

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ers.usda.gov/ersDownloadHandler.ashx?file=/media/1498320/eib127.pdf

Examines demographic characteristics and dietary behaviors of U.S. consumers when eating food away from home.  Establishes baseline against which to measure future changes when the nutrition information mandate in the Affordable Care Act comes into full effect.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Restaurant Menu Labeling Use Among Adults,17 States, 2012

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6327a1.htm

Surveys the use of menu labeling by adults trying to make healthier dietary choices at restaurants.  The survey measures use by state and demographic subgroups. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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