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October 17, 2022

UW and partners launch project examining sustainability in animal agriculture

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Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health (UW SPH), together with collaborators from the Washington State University (WSU) Food Systems program, the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, and the Washington D.C.-based Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, are embarking on a multi-year interdisciplinary effort investigating the intersection of animal agriculture, environmental sustainability,…


October 5, 2022

Introducing food system diplomacy, a method to positively influence the health of people and the planet

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By Kate Stringer When the global food system is thrown into crisis — whether that’s due to a pandemic, a war, a drought — often the first concern is economic fallout. But prioritizing the needs of commerce often comes at the expense of other interests: occupational health, environmental health, and social equity.  That’s why food…


August 12, 2022

Article authored by UW professor highlights food insecurity root causes

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This September, the White House will convene a conference on hunger, nutrition, and health.  Leading up to the conference, the White House is organizing several listening sessions across America to hear firsthand from people impacted by food insecurity and to collect ideas about how to end hunger and hunger-related diseases and disparities. Ahead of this…


July 26, 2022

What’s to blame for Americans’ obesity problem? Start with the system.

Rethinking Obesity American don't choose to be fat. Many live wihtin a 'system they do not control.'

“Obesity can vary by 600% depending on a person’s address,” said Dr. Adam Drewnowski who contributes to this USA Today article discussing the multifactorial issues contributing to the American obesity epidemic.


July 8, 2022

Sweetened beverage taxes produce net economic benefits for lower-income communities

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New study from University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition examines the economic equity impacts of sweetened beverage taxes in three cities: Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Jessica Jones-Smith was co-prinicipal investigator and Lina Pinero Walkinshaw was a co-author on the study.


January 24, 2022

Pandemic disrupts food access for tribal communities

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DEOHS Blog highlights how tribal communities in Washington state experienced food insecurity during the pandemic, according to according to a new report by researchers at the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (NWTEC), a division of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the University of Washington and Tacoma Community College.


January 20, 2022

Survey shows disproportionate food insecurities in Washington tribal communities

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Highlights findings from a recent study, WATRIBAL, which shows the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food disparities and food sovereignty among American Indian/Alaska Native communities in Washington State.


Resiliency of food systems during COVID-19

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A UW study focuses on the adaptations made to keep food systems going during the pandemic. It found a third of farmers formed new working relationships while coping with supply chain failures, worker shortages and more.


January 11, 2022

New Evidence Suggests That Seattle’s Soda Tax Is Working — and It’s Working Well

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A study in Baltimore which uses grocery store sales data bolsters early evidence published by UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, supporting the that the Seattle soda tax is working. Jessica Jones-Smith, lead researcher involved in the UW research is quoted.


January 9, 2022

Studies show how the pandemic pushed the food system to the brink

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UW researchers published a study commissioned by the state Department of Agriculture that focused on the resiliency of the state’s food system during the pandemic, and the adaptations made by the system.



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