Some of you may be able to venture outside the walls of your study cubes and offices now. You may feel somewhat like a mole coming out of hiding; I know that’s how I felt this week. The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming, people were wearing sandals and shorts. What a change from the rest of the month of April and a harbinger of May weather (we hope). Still stuck in your windowless cell? Try the library cam for a little slice of the outside to hold you over until closing time:
— Alix Keener (@alix_rae) May 2, 2013
Don’t forget there is still sunshine to be had even after closing time now too!
Patio dining is back in Ann Arbor. Spring is finally (maybe) here? twitter.com/BFreedInA2/sta…
— Ben Freed (@BFreedInA2) April 29, 2013
With all of the blooming, budding and sunshiny things, I couldn’t help but think about what might be going on in the world of #gardening. It’s a good way to burn some calories as well as adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your table.
— Timber Press (@timberpress) May 2, 2013
Community gardens may produce more than vegetables eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2…
— HKHC (@HKHC) April 29, 2013
Considering vegetable gardens put me in mind of a story I heard on the radio this morning about the under-reporting of deaths from malnutrition in Somalia, so I went looking for more information about #FoodInsecurity and #malnutrition.
A new study estimates that famine and severe food insecurity in Somalia claimed the lives of about 258,000 people… fb.me/2lrIvrVnR
— FAO in Somalia(@faoinsomalia) May 2, 2013
— @NonprofitOrgs (@nonprofitorgs) April 29, 2013
— ACTION (@ACTION_tweets) May 2, 2013
In the tradition of all things hyperlinked, this lead me to investigate a multitude of hashtags including #slowfood, #nutrition, #SustainableAgriculture, #nutrigenomics, #GMO, and #GMCrops.
A Bid to Put Money Behind Slow Food Movement nyti.ms/18dWw0R
— NYTimes Health (@nytimeshealth) May 2, 2013
— ILSI(@ILSI_Global) May 2, 2013
Experts: U.S. food safe, but nutrition and research lagging bit.ly/17wXFzv
— BreakThroughNOW TV (@BTNowTV) May 2, 2013
— Kipp Ellsworth, RD (@PedNutritionGuy) May 2, 2013
— Eric Gumpricht, PhD (@EricGumpricht) April 30, 2013
— Future of Food (@oxfutureoffood) May 2, 2013
— Elihu (@Mondongho) May 1, 2013
— Taub Health Sci Lib (@MLibraryHealthy) May 2, 2013
— U.S. News (@usnews) May 2, 2013
I rounded off my tour of twitter with a couple of recent news stories. The first was a flurry of activity on #AgGag about the first person charged with violating Agricultural Gag laws and the subsequent dismissal of the case. These laws are starting to come up for vote in several states including Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
— Andy Baker-White (@abakerwhite) May 2, 2013
Here’s a quote from the tweeted article:
Ag-Gag is the term given to legislation that targets undercover investigations of animal operations. There is disagreement over the purpose and impact of these laws. Facilities that raise animals for food and others in the food industry believe the laws protect food producers from the backlash that can arise when the public sees how their food is produced, even when done in a lawful manner. Others see this legislation as an impediment to the public’s ability to obtain information regarding their food supply and an effort by industry to hide animal welfare abuses.
The final story was about the increase in food and skin allergies in children. The scary part is where they can’t identify the cause of the increase, but the article does have some theories that are being tested. If you would like more places to start talking about nutrition, agriculture, and other food related topics, check out these other hashtags: #agchat, #glutenfree/#gf, #urbanag
Food and skin allergies increase in children, according to survey, but health officials not sure why: apne.ws/Zop1SU – VW
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 2, 2013