Impact of contrasting food sources on health versus environment

Adams, R.B. and Demmig-Adams, B. (2013) Impact of contrasting food sources on health versus environment. Nutrition and Food Science, 43 (3). pp. 228-235.

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Purpose – The purpose of this review is to compare the impact of modern food production on human health with their impact on the sustainability of food production. Design/methodology/approach – This review includes up-to-date information from the original literature on human nutrition as well as ecosystem ecology and presents findings in a manner accessible to both experts and non-experts. Findings – The evidence reviewed here indicates that modern livestock rearing and modern plant crop production both lead to adverse effects on not only human health but also on the sustainability of food production. It is concluded that different approaches are needed that increase the potential to produce healthful meat products as well as healthful plant crops – while simultaneously promoting sustainable food production and eliminating the need for pesticide use. Practical implications – The studies reviewed suggest that the prevalence of chronic human diseases and disorders could be drastically lowered by adopting different approaches to food production, which would simultaneously protect continuing food production for human society. Originality/value – This article provides accessible and comprehensive information to researchers, nutritionists, and consumers interested in human nutrition in its own right and in relationship to sustainable food production

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agro-ecosystem, Antioxidants, Chronic disease, Concentrated animal feeding operations, Fertilizers, Intensive farming, Omega-3, Omega-6, Pesticides, Saturated fat
Author Affiliation: Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Subjects: Plant Protection > Pesticides
Plant Protection > Pests
Animal Husbandary
Environmental Science > Environment
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 05:05
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2013 05:05
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