Greetings from sunny San Diego, home of this year's annual conference of the American Public Health Association, "Public Health Without Borders." Thanks to successful lobbying by many of its members, the APHA has begun to include more sessions on the intersection of food, nutrition, and the environment in recent years. It even passed a resolution in 2003 calling for a moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations. This year's schedule promises a veritable salad bar of wonky delights, including a session on the health impacts of industrial agriculture and one looking "Beyond Genetic Engineering" to -- awesomely -- organic agriculture and agro-ecological principles. Right on!
I'll look forward to reporting the best tidbits here on the blog. I'm also issuing an appeal to readers for food recommendations here in San Diego, preferably public transport-accessible. The conference doesn't provide free food and the options for purchase inside include, oddly, a Ms. Field's cookies stand and several Coke machines. Hmm. Could we pass a resolution on that?
More coming soon.