Climate Change puts wheat crops at risk of disease

A recent study done in China by the University of Hertfordshire studied weather and the severity of epidemics such as Fusarium ear blight that affects wheat crops. Wheat is actually used for a great amount of products, such as bread, cereals, cakes, pizzas, candy, soups and other food. Fusarium ear blight affects wheat production worldwide all the time, but during severe epidemics, wheat losses can reach 60%. It can be worse when under severe weather conditions, because the epidemic releases toxins called mycotoxins which make it unsuitable to eat for both humans and animals. The study found that with rising temperatures, the wheat will flower earlier and the occurrence of the disease will substantially increase. They found that by the middle of the century, the epidemic will severely hit wheat production in Central China. On top of that, a similar study found the same issue will happen in the UK. All of this will greatly affect our food supply. It later talked about how over 1 billion people currently do not have enough to eat and with growing populations, this is a really big problem.

– Sean Sabogal –

Greener Pastures: Where does your food come from?

Greener Pastures: Where does your food come from?



When we are immersed in a grocery store we see food items everywhere. If we want eggs we go to the egg isle. Everything is their at our convenience. However, do we all really no where our food comes from and what is in it? No. We do not consider where the eggs was collected, how the chickens were hatched, their living conditions or anything like that. When food goes on sale we especially don’t consider these factors. Then we don’t ask if any growth hormones were added or any questions similar to this. Therefore, we do not know what we our feeding ourselves or our family. The origins of our food comes from marketers which is a problem. They can say what they like in reality. The comparison this article makes is that consumer spend hours researching what tv they want to buy or what computer they should purchase. However, when it comes to something they put in their bodies they just pick up the first one they see without doing any research. People need to start caring about what they eat so in the long run people do not hurt themselves or the animals

Lizzie Eversole

Chapter 12

Overweight and Obesity in the U.S.


Since the 1970s obesity rates have doubled. It is a leading health problem in teh U.S. 2/3 or adults are overweight/obese. Rates are higher among African American and Hispanic women and Hispanic men. 82.1% of black women adn 75.7% of hispanic women are overweight/obese. 59.5% of white women are overweight/obese. Obesity is stronger upon women than men. Obesity is a serious problme all over the world and especially the U.S. Every year obesity rates go up.

1/4 of 2-5 year oldsa re overweight or obese int eh U.S. 31% of low income prescholers are overweight/ obese. 25.6% of white girls, 41.3% of blakc girls, and 38.% of hispanic girls are overweight. 40% of Hispanic boys, 30.1% of white boys, and 36.9% of black boys are overweight or obese. Obesity rates are very high among native americans as well. As immigrants get used to teh American diet and they are more suseptible to obesity.

Renee Dobrinsky


Giving each child the chance to live past 5

This Article gives a lot of insight to tragedy of the commons, one of the topics in the first chapter of our book. Malnutrition is taking over very poor countries, kids are now lucky if they get to live past five years of age. In 2010, 7.6 million kids younger than five years of age died. These results were worse in 1990 and from that point on the global community has been donating money to help out kids who need food. 7.6 Million is the result after a 35% decrease from 1990 to 2010. As facts show these kids still deserve to be saved in the article it states that they need more health care, better policies, as well as service delivery. United Nations started to focus on this problem and are now striving to help these kids live through their fifth birthday. They have already sent six million anti-malaria bed nets to Africa, helped decrease polio by 99% and measles by 74%. Now is our time to turn to our attention to these kids and help them have a happy and healthy fifth birthday.

Fabiana Vivacqua

Ch 1 Topics- Tragedy of the Commons

CNN Articles

White House offers drought relief, feels heat to waive ethanol mandate

Droughts across the United States have gotten so bad as of late that even President barack Obama is getting involved.   He announced recently that “The Department of Agriculture will but up to 170 million dollars of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help support farmers suffering from the drought.”  President Obama had serious problems with the blocking of a farm bill that would greatly help residents of Iowa who are dealing with problems posed by the drought.  “If you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities,” said Obama.  As the drought continues sweeping across America, crop production has taken a massive hit, yielding some of the lowest yields in two decades.  Because of this, people who make a living off of production of these crops are “asking the government to waive a five year old requirement that gasoine sold in the U.S. contain roughly 9 percent ethanol. ”  Waiving this requirement would greatly help these people because in order to produce ethanol, corn is needed, and by waiving this requirement, corn will not be at such a premium.  Although this would help livestock producers, many ethanol companies feel that these producers blame them too much for the lack of livestock.  Both the ethanol companies and these producers are facing problems because if the ethanol companies cut production to satisfy the needs of the livestock producers then many drivers would be unhappy.  Tom Kloza, a publisher of the Oil Price Information Service believes that if ehtanol production was cut then we would “have chaos.”  The government must find a way to equally please both the ethanol companies and the livestock producers because both of their fields are very important to our way of life.

Ben Roberts

FDA Decides Not to Ban BPA in Food Packaging

The FDA announced on friday that it would not ban the use of BPA in food packaging but will still continue research on the possible health effects of BPA. Scientists are still looking into the effects of BPA which is said to mimic estrogen in the body.  The FDA concluded that the research done was not sufficient enough to ban BPA in food packaging. The FDA recognizes the possible health risks, but the research done so far is not sufficient so for now BPA is still in our food packaging.


By: Sam Berk

Food Insecurity Undermines Your Future

The world and it’s societies today are all too worried about the food they consume and how “healthy” you should be eating early on. Of course your health is important and having a balance is important as well but studies in the Institute of Tropical Medicine claims that food insecurity can distract the successful path in your future, this is shown with 2,000 Ethiopian student. Studies show that not having enough food not only affects your growth but your performance in school. Ethiopia is usually known for its food shortages and so Jimma University in Ethiopia and Brown University in the USA teamed up to study kids and their eating habits from the ages 13 to 17 for two whole years. One in three food insecure kids skipped school for either one to more days compared to one in five of kids who have food constantly. The reason being for their absences would most likely be to aid their parents in getting money for food, not to play hooky. This fear of not having enough food will indeed get worse in these countries due to the rising food prices.