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Food, health, and the urban environment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10939095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Both the production and the consumption of food should help reduce the risk of food-borne and non-communicable disease and prevent micro-nutrient deficiency. That a safe healthy diet can also be environmentally sound is a bonus. Growing foods that promote health in an environment near to consumers can contribute to reduced fuel consumption, pollution, transport and packaging costs, and can promote biodiversity. This approach can also help create local jobs, improve access to food, and promote a sustainable environment. The World Health Organization recommends an intake of more than 400 grams of vegetables (in addition to potatoes) and fruit every day because this helps prevent non-communicable diseases and micro-nutrient deficiency. Therefore, urban food and nutrition policies are needed to promote health through an integrated approach to food, health, and the environment within local communities. The benefits of developing urban food and nutrition policies to help increase local food production include environmental, social, direct, and indirect economic benefits, in addition to the health benefits. These issues are discussed in this paper.
R M Pederson; A Robertson; H de Zeeuw
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reviews on environmental health     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0048-7554     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Environ Health     Publication Date:    2000 Jan-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-21     Completed Date:  2000-12-22     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0425754     Medline TA:  Rev Environ Health     Country:  ISRAEL    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  231-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / organization & administration
Community Health Planning*
Environmental Health*
Europe, Eastern
Food Services / organization & administration
Food Supply
Nutrition Policy*
Urban Health*

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