Daily Archives: August 26, 2015

The Recipe for Longevity? Beans, Friends, Purpose And Movement

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What is the recipe for living a long, healthy, happy life? Dan Buettner has been researching this for nearly a decade.

For nearly a decade, Dan Buettner has been researching so-called Blue Zones – those areas of the world where people live longer, healthier and happier than anywhere else on the planet.

After identifying where the zones are (Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; parts of Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya, Costa Rica), Buettner proceeded to study the factors that appear to contribute the residents’ longevity. And then, he took it a step further, founding the Blue Zones Project, the largest preventive health care initiative in the United States, so far estimated to have reached 5 million people.

Funded largely by insurance companies, the Blue Zones Project focuses on restructuring communities so that healthy choices are also easy choices. Changes might include new sidewalks, establishing friendship groups, re-arranging supermarkets to highlight healthy foods, and even reorganizing family kitchens.

The results have been dramatic: In Albert Lea, Minnesota, the average life expectancy rose by nearly three years and health care costs for city workers there dropped by 40 percent. In Spencer, Iowa, healthcare costs for city workers dropped by 25 percent. And in the Beach Cities, California, smoking rates declined by nearly 30 percent.

Buettner writes about his efforts in his new book “The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People,” which also includes recipes and lists of do’s and don’ts. He talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about his new book and his efforts.

Book Excerpt: ‘The Blue Zones Solution’

Introduction: Discovering the Blue Zones Solution

…(read more).

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GRITtv: Bill McKibben: Climate Justice is Social Justice

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Uploaded on Dec 6, 2010

Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, notes that the allies for the movement against climate change are social justice and human rights groups, trying to solve the human problems that come with global warming.

Watch the full interview at http://grittv.org! Distributed by Tubemogul.

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Food of the Sea

Published on Aug 25, 2015

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) This research conference held at the University of California, Santa Barbara addresses the important issues of food sustainability in our world where population growth creates an increasing demand for food. Food from the sea can be one of the primary sources to help feed the growing population, and this conference discusses the sustainable methods to do so without damaging the existing environments or dwindling the populations the animals being harvested. [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 29507]

Food of the Sea Summit: Part II


University of California Television (UCTV)

Published on Aug 26, 2015

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) This research conference held at the University of California, Santa Barbara addresses the important issues of food sustainability in our world where population growth creates an increasing demand for food. This conference discusses that food from the sea can be one of the primary sources to help feed the growing population, and that this would create sustainable methods to do so without damaging the existing environments or dwindling the populations the animals being harvested. [Science] [Agriculture] [Show
ID: 29904]

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) This research conference held at the University of California, Santa Barbara addresses the important issues of food sustainability in our world where population growth creates an increasing demand for food. This conference discusses that food from the sea can be one of the primary sources to help feed the growing population, and that this would create sustainable methods to do so without damaging the existing environments or dwindling the populations the animals being harvested. Recorded on 02.18.2015. [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 29903]

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Point Loma Writers: An Evening with Bill McKibben


University of California Television (UCTV)

Uploaded on Apr 23, 2010

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, founder of the international climate campaign 350.org, joins journalist Dean Nelson for a conversation on writing compelling stories about global warming, alternative energy and genetic engineering. McKibben is presented as part of the 2010 Writers Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University Series: Writer’s Symposium By The Sea [4/2010] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID:
18127]

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Gender dimensions of adopting climate-smart aquaculture


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Aug 26, 2015

www.fao.org/climatechange/micca/

Gender dimensions of adopting climate-smart aquaculture – Miranda Morgan, Research Programme on Aquatic Agriculture Systems, CGIAR
Morgan introduces a study that World Fish conducted focusing on 2 small-holder aquaculture interventions at 4 sites, which are gender-appropriate and climate-smart: Cage aquaculture and Pond polyculture.

Morgan outlines climate-change context in Bangladesh at the intervention site. She argues that vulnerability and virtuous often the underlying rationales for gendered interventions. She defines:
– ‘vulnerability’ as women being more vulnerable to malnutrition and having constraints (such as mobility); and
– ‘virtuous’ as women being responsible for household nutrition and home-gardens, certain interventions are adaptive to women’s constraints.
She further argues that local configurations of power affect women’s vulnerability and virtue, and need to be taken into account.

Findings showed that there were gender-related factors that affected innovation, dissemination and uptake of these climate-smart innovations. Gender power differentials appeared to be at play in different contexts, within households, within communities, and with actors outside of the community.

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FAO – China South-South Cooperation Programme


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Aug 26, 2015

http://www.fao.org/partnerships/south…
An overview of FAO – China’s role in facilitating South-South Cooperation Programme.
© FAO: http://www.fao.org

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‘Migration of peoples underway: Rising Africa, declining Europe’


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Published on Aug 26, 2015

The UN has strongly criticised Europe’s handling of the growing migrant crisis, calling it ineffective. The numbers of desperate migrants heading to Europe has surged … and so far, EU leaders have been unable to present a plan to tackle the crisis.Hugh Bronson, vice chairman of the Berlin branch of the Alternative for Germany party, says Germany is simply not ready to cope with increasing influx of migrants.

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