June 2018 Newsletter

Rudd Center Recent Publications

Food Choices Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

Changes in diet have been proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the food system. But there has been little research on the affordability and feasibility of low-carbon food choices in the U.S. and how these choices could affect diet and climate change.

A new study that provides the latest, most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions generated by U.S. consumer food purchases suggests that, if Americans directed their food purchases away from meats and other animal proteins, they could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We found that households that spend more of their weekly food budget on beef, chicken, pork and other meats are generating more greenhouse gas emissions. Our study shows that encouraging consumers to make food choices that are lower in greenhouse gas emissions can make a real difference addressing climate change,” said Rebecca Boehm, the study’s lead author and a University of Connecticut Postdoctoral Fellow with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, who initiated this work at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

The study, published June 7 in the journal Food Policy, was conducted by researchers with the UConn Rudd Center and the Zwick Center, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, the University of Missouri, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

Rudd Center in the News

The Washington Post gave major attention to Postdoctoral Fellow Rebecca Boehm's study on the relationship between food purchases and greenhouse gas emissions in a June 11 article: The U.S. diet is a climate disaster. Here are four easy fixes.

More than 15 other media outlets around the country published the article by The Washington Post's food writer Caitlin Dewey including, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, San Antonio Express-News, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, The Telegram (Worcester, MA), Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT), The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), and The Columbian (Vancouver, WA). The total potential audience reach topped 70 million!

UConn Rudd Center Deputy Director Rebecca Puhl was quoted in a June 27 Refinery 29 article: FYI, Body Positivity Is Not "Dangerous" Or Bad For Your Health. "Body acceptance (regardless of body size) is not at odds with motivation to engage in healthy behaviours," Dr. Puhl says in the article.

Black Americaweb listed our Center among eight non-profit organizations working to improve access to healthy food and information to low socioeconomic communities in a June 18 article: African American’s Lack of Accessibility to Nutritious Foods.

What's Simmering With Our Friends

Voices for Healthy Kids Grant Opportunities Deadline July 13

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, communities, and early care and education/out of school time. Applications should support one of the Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Levers and be submitted by the deadline of July 13, 2018 - 5 PM PST.

Increasing Access to Healthy Options at Food Banks

The Partnership for a Healthier America is working to ensure that people who rely on a network of food banks across the country have healthy options including fresh fruit and vegetables. Eleven new food banks recently joined PHA's Food Assistance Partnership Program, committing to increase supply and foster demand of healthier options. The new members include: Arkansas Food Bank, Central Texas Food Bank, Connecticut Food Bank, Facing Hunger Food Bank, Food Bank of Alaska, Foodlink Inc., Foodshare, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, San Diego Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo/Santa Clara, and Three Square Food Bank. Interested to learn more, please contact Paula Reichel at preichel@healthieramerica.org.

News to Chew On

California governor signs soda tax ban into law
Forbes magazine
This Is The Single Biggest Thing You Can Do To Reduce Your Impact On Earth: Avoid Meat And Dairy