Do trans-fat bans save lives?

Brandon Restrepo, Matthias Rieger 16 July 2014

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The use of artificial trans fat or partially hydrogenated oil – which is industrially produced by adding hydrogen gas to liquid vegetable oil – is widespread across the world’s food production chains and service industries. Aside from the fact that it has the same caloric value as any other fat, there are no known health benefits to consuming artificial trans fat. The food industry prefers using trans-fat-containing oils to healthier oils because it is cheap, it increases the shelf life of food products, it promotes flavour stability, and it improves the texture of food.

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Topics:  Health economics

Tags:  health, food, diet, trans fat, New York, cardiovascular disease, restaurants

We are what we eat: how and why governments intervene in food markets

Rachel Griffith interviewed by Viv Davies,

Date Published

Mon, 05/26/2014

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 Rachel Griffith's web page 

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Health economics
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obesity, junk food, Commodity prices, food

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More to do on measuring hunger

Joachim De Weerdt, Kathleen Beegle, Jed Friedman, John Gibson 18 February 2014

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One of the first Millennium Development Goals is to reduce hunger by half between 1990 and 2015. To date, the global hunger count has fallen slightly, from 1 billion in 1990–1992 to 870 million in 2010–2012 (Food and Agriculture Organization 2013). As a proportion of the world’s population, this is just a one-third fall in the hunger rate, from 19% to 13%. In contrast, the other highly visible Millennium Development Goal – reducing extreme poverty by half – was achieved by 2010.

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Topics:  Poverty and income inequality

Tags:  development, Africa, Poverty, Millennium Development Goals, food, hunger, measurement error, surveys, Tanzania

Do food prices respond to oil-price shocks?

Christiane Baumeister, Lutz Kilian 30 November 2013

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Increases in agricultural commodity prices and food prices in recent years have raised concerns among policymakers about a global food shortage. For example, the director of the International Food Policy Research Institute testified in 2008 that rising prices for agricultural crops were causing food riots in many developing countries, and that, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 37 countries were facing food crises (Rosegrant 2008).

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Topics:  Global economy

Tags:  Commodity prices, Poverty, oil, food, biofuel, ethanol

Africa can help feed Africa: Removing barriers to regional trade in food staples

Paul Brenton 08 January 2013

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Africa is not achieving its potential in food trade.

Growing demand for food in Africa is increasingly being met by imports from the global market. This, coupled with rising global food prices, is leading to ever mounting food import bills. Clearly something has to change. Business as usual with regard to food staples in Africa is not sustainable.

Figure 1. All regions in Africa are increasingly importing food (volume of net exports of food staples: 1,000 tons)

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  Africa, trade, food

New challenges in food and agricultural trade

Tim Josling interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam,

Date Published

Fri, 10/09/2009

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Development International trade
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Agriculture, food, price volatility, farming policies, Thinking Ahead on International Trade

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