How much of a vitamin do we really need?

When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s, healthy eating was about a balanced diet. We got our nutrients from foods not from vitamin tablets. My dietary pattern included whole and processed foods. Many of those processed foods were ultra-processed in today’s lexicon. We grew fruits and vegetables in our backyard garden. Mother canned and froze the surplus for the brutal Canadian winter. … Continue reading How much of a vitamin do we really need?

How important are vitamins for our health?  

Nothing in the subject of nutrition is as mystical as the vitamins. Are they magic substances to prolong life? Do they provide the difference between health and disease? Are they overrated and overhyped? So many words grace the net on the benefits or lack thereof on vitamins and health. Despite my background in food science, I have become confused. I was searching for answers. As … Continue reading How important are vitamins for our health?  

Challenges to feeding the world from now to 2050  

So many ideas; so little time! Climate change looms. It affects every person alive today, and will continue its effects over those not yet born. It’s evil twin, world hunger, is joined at the hip with extreme climate events. Just when we thought we were getting a handle on world hunger, the war in Ukraine deals a devastating blow to food security. Many voices caution … Continue reading Challenges to feeding the world from now to 2050  

Animal-based protein without the animal

The problem with meat is that it comes from an animal slaughtered and cut up to pieces for cooking and eating. Some animals have limited freedom before killing. Others don’t. Would it make a difference if meat was not associated with lives on a factory farm or in the slaughterhouse? There may be a solution on the horizon. It involves only choice cuts, less food … Continue reading Animal-based protein without the animal

Growing insects for food. Another alternative protein?  

My father used to talk about things coming in two sizes—too big and too small. When it comes to protein much of the world’s population fits into two categories—too much or too little. The Western Diet emphasizes meat at the center of the plate. That concept leads to overconsumption of protein. As incomes around the world have increased, more people have gained access to meat. … Continue reading Growing insects for food. Another alternative protein?  

Safe water, organic vegetables, and better meat

Fighting global climate change and ending world hunger are noble efforts. Let us not forget how important it is to have safe drinking water and enough vegetables to eat. This week I step back to take a look at water and veggies. Potable water. Imagine a world with no safe drinking water. In my 72 years of life, I have always had ready access to … Continue reading Safe water, organic vegetables, and better meat

Global climate change—a personal journey  

Lake Mead and the Great Salt Lake are drying up. Yellowstone closed its gates due to flooding. Wildfires flare up out west. Caused by climate change? Made worse by climate change? Is global climate change the central issue of our time? Or is it overhyped? Is it an existential threat or a mirage? No one knows, but we all have our beliefs. If it is … Continue reading Global climate change—a personal journey  

A fresh perspective on world hunger  

World hunger is something we hear about. Remember the pictures of children on television suffering from marasmus or kwashiorkor? Now, not so much. Is it still a problem or have we solved it for the most part? Status of world health. The good news is that we are living longer. Much of that longer life traces to less hunger and related diseases around the globe. … Continue reading A fresh perspective on world hunger  

Ending Hunger in the Age of Climate Change  

We face two major threats to world stability: world hunger and climate change. Taking on one of these issues as a cause is monumental. Who would choose both of them at the same time? Anthony Warner, for one. He describes his mission in Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It. If his name sounds familiar, Warner is also known as The … Continue reading Ending Hunger in the Age of Climate Change