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January 10, 2023

Nutritional Sciences faculty joins Washington State Food Policy Forum

Jennifer Otten

Jennifer Otten, a faculty member and food systems scholar in the University of Washington School of Public Health will begin a new appointment in January 2023 as a member of the Washington State Food Policy Forum, a cross-sector group formed by the WA State Legislature in 2016 which makes recommendations for improving the food system…


December 9, 2022

How to Get Connected And Fight Food Insecurity

Marie Spiker is quoted in this article which highlights ways to help fight food insecurity in the Greater Seattle area in a meaningful way during the holiday season. Spiker says, “It’s not just about ‘not having food’ — people may find themselves skipping meals, reducing the size of their meals or choosing non-preferred foods for…


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

Adam Drewnowski

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.



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