Food, Nutrition & Science: Today's Abstract
In this month's issue of Food, Nutrition & Science: Marine Ecosystems in Danger From Climate Change, The School Food Environment, Rooftop Hospital Farms and more.
Climate change is projected to shrink the body weight of marine fishes by 14 to 24% globally by 2050, according to a recent study from The University of British Columbia. The results of the study provide a new understanding of climate change's impact on marine ecosystems.
In a second story, many practices in the school food environment have improved in recent years, according to a recent study from The University of Illinois at Chicago and published in the September issue of The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers found that school garden programs, farm-to-school programs and initiatives to include more whole grains and lower fat milk in lunches improved the most. However, improvements were slight overall.
And in a third story, in recent years, small-scale urban agriculture has become a popular source for local food production. Finding a location, however, for these smaller farms can be a tall order in highly populated areas with little free land to spare. That's why rooftops have become the go-to spot for gardens of all shapes and sizes, serving a range of needs in cities across the country. Now, hospitals are joining the trend too, adding farms to their rooftops to help provide patients with the freshest produce available.
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