Pro Athletes’ Ads Favor Less Healthful Food, Drinks

Mary’s Food Bank says local aid agencies asked it for help because many of the affected workers at the Grand Canyon depend on each paycheck to provide food for their families Also Tuesday, Tusayan business owners organized a “fed up with the feds” protest against the northern Arizona park’s continued closure because of the partial shutdown. The National Park Service says 2,200 federal and private employees who work in the park are on furlough and that the park will remain closed until the government reopens. There is a grocery store in the south rim’s village but relatively few services in the vicinity. The nearest sizable city is Flagstaff, approximately 80 driving miles away. St. Mary’s is trucking food boxes from Phoenix to the small community of Tusayan near the canyon’s south rim, and then to a location inside the park for distribution Tuesday and Wednesday at a cafeteria and at a mobile pantry on Friday. The food bank said it will continue weekly distributions as long as the shutdown lasts. The Rev. Patrick Dotson, pastor of Grand Canyon Community Church, normally distributes donated food from his home, but he said local food donations aren’t enough to meet the current need. St. Mary’s said local concessionaires are supporting their furloughed employees and their families with free rent and some meals. Organizers of the protest planned outside the south rim’s main entrance gates cited suffering and economic loss resulting from the shutdown and the Obama administration’s refusal to accept offers of private and public money to keep the park opening. Clarinda Vail, properties manager for a company that operates a lodge and has other properties in Tusayan, called the situation a crisis. Vail said she hopes efforts by the state’s U.S.

Food poisoning: Protect yourself

Proper food safety and protection against illness begins at the grocery store, experts say.

Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDCs Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. So whats a consumer to do? At the store A CDC study published in 2010 once again highlighted the fact that young children can be exposed to raw meat and poultry products while riding in shopping carts, particularly if they ride in the basket of the cart. Researchers suggest that parents keep their child away from these products, which could be leaking juices carrying bacteria, by placing their child in the carts seat, and not place meat or poultry products in the seat while shopping to avoid contamination. All consumers can benefit from separating their raw meat, poultry and seafood purchases from other food products to prevent cross-contamination. The USDA recommends placing these types of foods in plastic bags and also placing these purchases in separate shopping bags at checkout. Storage Packaging meat products in leak-proof containers would also help cut cross-contamination. New Zealand, for instance, saw a significant reduction in foodborne illness after mandating leak-proof packaging, Tauxe said. When you get home, storing raw meats in a plastic bag or container to prevent any juices from dripping on other foods is also important. Listeria monocytogenes , another type of illness-causing bacteria, can grow in foods in the refrigerator, according to the CDC. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature inside the fridge; it should be 40 degrees or lower, and the freezer should be 0 degrees or lower. Food preparation Start with clean hands . Wash with soap and water for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice) before and after handling food and after other activities, such as changing diapers or using the bathroom.

FAO is forecasting an 8 percent increase in world cereal production this year. Higher production allows for rebuilding of stocks, which had fallen to historically low levels. An expected 13 percent increase in world cereal closing stocks should drive up the global stock-to-use ratio to 23.3 percent, the highest since 2003. If the expected increases in stock-to-use ratios are confirmed, then the markets will have greater resilience to any shocks and price volatility should be restrained It is also important to recognize the role of global governance in this positive development, by increasing transparency, market information and helping control factors that had led to price spikes before. The Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) played an important role in making this happen. Set up by the G20 in 2011 with a multi-agency secretariat hosted by FAO, AMIS provided timely and reliable information, increasing transparency in the international food market and assuring better coordination between the main players to reduce market instability and unilateral action. The United Nations System also granted the issue high priority. The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security repeatedly and energetically called for calm and coordination, contributing to contain price increases. The reformed Committee on World Food Security — that will session starting Monday October 7 — has proven its value as the most inclusive forum to discuss food security and, in a landmark achievement, endorsed last year the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security . Among many other initiatives, last October FAO hosted a ministerial summit to discuss food prices, co-organized with the Government of France who played a leading role in establishing AMIS. In 2007-8, increased use of maize for biofuel production was pressuring food prices, excessive speculation on futures markets accentuated price volatility and panic buying and export restrictions led to prices spinning out of control. But, in 2012, these elements were generally controlled and good sense prevailed in markets. The importance of linkages between food and energy markets has been recognized and the costly biofuel policies implicated in pushing up food prices in recent years are being questioned in a number of countries, including the USA. In another change, widespread public outrage over excessive speculation with food prices led many banks to review their positions and made some of them publically renounce that practice.

Food Prices: One Year After

Join the Nation’s Conversation Pro athletes’ ads favor less healthful food, drinks Michelle Healy, USA TODAY 12:46 p.m. EDT October 7, 2013 In 2010, food and drink endorsements by top athletes largely represented high-calorie, low-nutrient products, a study finds. And adolescents saw more athlete-endorsement food commercials than adults. Basketball star LeBron James appears on a bottle of Coca-Cola Co.’s Powerade sports drink. (Photo: Daniel Acker, Bloomberg) Popular athletes contribute to the marketing of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods Adolescents watch more athlete-endorsed food and beverage brand commercials than adults Athletes who promote unhealthy food and drinks send a mixed message to kids about diet and health SHARE 87 CONNECT 84 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Peyton Manning, Serena Williams and LeBron James are among the nation’s most prominent and marketable athletes, but they also topped the list when it came to endorsing high-calorie, nutrient-poor food and beverages in 2010, a report shows. And kids ages 12 to 17 were the primary viewers of athlete-endorsement food commercials. They watched an average of 35 TV ads in 2010; vs. 33 for adults. Kids 11 and under averaged 21, according to the report in November’s Pediatrics, published online today. “Professional athletes in general are endorsing a lot of unhealthy foods, which is concerning for a country that’s struggling with obesity,” says lead author Marie Bragg, a health policy researcher at Yale University. These athletes “could do a lot of good to promote public health, but unfortunately they are promoting foods that are really unhealthy,” she says. Researchers tracked endorsements by the top 100 athletes as identified by Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2010 Power 100 rankings. It ranks athletes according to their endorsement value and prominence in their sport.