Today's Abstract - FNS June 2009

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June 29, 2009

Today's Abstract - FNS June 2009

In this month’s issue of Food, Nutrition, & Science from The Lempert Report: The Child Care Nutrition Bill, BPA Update, Greener Dairies, and more. In the U.S., 17% percent of adolescents age 12 to 19 are overweight, as are 19% of children age 6 to 11. The number of overweight or obese jumps to an alarming 66.3% for those age 20 years and over. But perhaps most disconcerting is the fact that obesity among preschoolers in the last 30 years has more than doubled. That's why the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) recommended changes to the Child Care and Adult Food Program (CACFP) meal-plan model that was set in place in the 1960s. In this month’s Food Safety Update, the FDA is set to review their conclusion from last year that the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is okay for infants. Sparked by a congressional letter to new FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg questioning the agency’s interaction with industry groups (including Dow Chemical) prior to making their decision, the review will consider research linking BPA to a range of health issues, including reproductive problems, cancer and neurological defects. And, in other news, dairy practices are more sustainable today than they were 60 years ago, according to a recent study comparing the environmental impact of modern U.S. dairy production with that of dairy systems in 1944. The study found that modern dairy practices require significantly fewer resources, with a carbon footprint just 37% the size of the one created by dairies in the forties. CLICK HERE to read these stories and more.

In this month’s issue of Food, Nutrition, & Science from The Lempert Report: The Child Care Nutrition Bill, BPA Update, Greener Dairies, and more.

In the U.S., 17% percent of adolescents age 12 to 19 are overweight, as are 19% of children age 6 to 11. The number of overweight or obese jumps to an alarming 66.3% for those age 20 years and over. But perhaps most disconcerting is the fact that obesity among preschoolers in the last 30 years has more than doubled. That's why the California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) recommended changes to the Child Care and Adult Food Program (CACFP) meal-plan model that was set in place in the 1960s.

In this month’s Food Safety Update, the FDA is set to review their conclusion from last year that the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is okay for infants. Sparked by a congressional letter to new FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg questioning the agency’s interaction with industry groups (including Dow Chemical) prior to making their decision, the review will consider research linking BPA to a range of health issues, including reproductive problems, cancer and neurological defects.

And, in other news, dairy practices are more sustainable today than they were 60 years ago, according to a recent study comparing the environmental impact of modern U.S. dairy production with that of dairy systems in 1944. The study found that modern dairy practices require significantly fewer resources, with a carbon footprint just 37% the size of the one created by dairies in the forties.

CLICK HERE to read these stories and more.
 
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