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Entries Tagged as 'Diet & Nutrition'

Guess What: Food Prices Still Near All-Time Highs

July 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The FAO Food Price Index (FPI) remains at near record-highs, and this at a time when record droughts and calamitous famine threaten the Horn of Africa. Using the latest data from the FAO FPI page, I plot here the FPI time series from 1990-2011. World food prices are high and have remained so since the […]

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Tags: Biofuels · Diet & Nutrition · Human Ecology

Jennifer Burney Lecture

March 24th, 2011 · No Comments

I’ve spent the better part of the day editing web pages as I prepare to teach two courses this spring. Given that I’ve more-or-less wasted the day with necessary but not especially intellectually rewarding tasks, I thought that I would take a moment to post something really important and scientifically interesting. Jennifer Burney, of Stanford’s […]

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Tags: Biofuels · Diet & Nutrition · Human Ecology

Food Prices Continue to Rise

February 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Newly released data by FAO show that food prices continued to rise, up 3.4% from the last month of 2010. This is yet another record high. Here is a plot based on the FAO data (click to enlarge): An article in today’s New York Times attributes much of the rise in price to uncertainty over […]

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Tags: Diet & Nutrition · Human Ecology

Worrying Trends

January 6th, 2011 · No Comments

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization‘s food price index is at an all-time high, meaning that the food security of millions of people is in jeopardy. In the plot below (click to enlarge), we can see that the FPI currently just exceeds its previous high in June of 2008, when riots over food shortages were […]

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Tags: Diet & Nutrition · Human Ecology

Functional Training for the Army

September 1st, 2010 · No Comments

A very interesting piece in the New York Times today details how the Army is changing its conditioning program. The impetus for this policy change is twofold.  First, functional training should better prepare soldiers for the physical challenges entailed in their duties. This seems like a great reason to overhaul the Army’s physical fitness program. […]

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Tags: Diet & Nutrition

Foraging Theory

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Had a stimulating lunch meeting talking about foraging theory and the origins of agriculture.  Reminded me of this from xkcd: That’s just funny…

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Tags: Anthropology · Diet & Nutrition · Human Ecology

Most Cited Papers in Current Anthropology

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

A friend sent me a link the other day to the top 20 most cited articles in the journal, Current Anthropology. Much to my delight, I found that a paper that I co-authored is the #7 all-time citation leader and a paper co-authored by my Stanford colleague Rebecca Bird is the #19. As I walked […]

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Tags: Anthropology · Diet & Nutrition · Evolution

Sustainable Agriculture for the Future?

July 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Craig Hadley drew my attention to this terrific piece by Paul Roberts on the complexities of truly sustainable agriculture.  Food for though, as it were…

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Tags: Diet & Nutrition · Human Ecology

To Serve Man

January 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

So there I was. 23 hundred hours, New Year’s Eve 2008 at my in-laws’ in Corvallis, Oregon. Kids asleep in the other room. Spouse headed in the same direction. Insomniac from lack of activity and feelings of general physical displacement. Not much prospect for a party or other New Year’s antics. Sounds like the perfect […]

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Tags: Demography · Diet & Nutrition

Biofuels and Water Use

October 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

An opinion piece in the IHT this morning raises the important point that stepped up biofuel production may tax already strained world fresh water supplies.  Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman and former chief executive of Nestlé, suggests that if world biofuel production targets are met, water withdrawals for agriculture can increase by as much as one-third.  Brabeck-Letmathe writes, Seventy percent of all […]

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Tags: Biofuels · Diet & Nutrition