Food

May 5, 2011 to May 6, 2011

The City: 2nd International Conference

Part of Interdisciplinary Themes Conferences, The City: 2nd International Conference will focus on culture, society and technology in the urban environment.

"Is Sugar Toxic?"

If Robert Lustig is right, in a lecture that has gone viral on YouTube, "then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that the numbers of obese and diabetic Americans have skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles — heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them."

Source: NY Times, 04/19/2011

"Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears"

"Each year, an ever larger portion of the world’s crops — cassava and corn, sugar and palm oil — is being diverted for biofuels as developed countries pass laws mandating greater use of nonfossil fuels and as emerging powerhouses like China seek new sources of energy to keep their cars and industries running."

Source: NY Times, 04/07/2011
June 22, 2012 to June 25, 2012

Aspen Environment Forum

The 2012 Aspen Environment Forum in Colorado, presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with National Geographic, will focus on Living in the New Normal: how the planet is adapting, how we are adapting, and how adapting does not mean accepting.

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