Coming in Spring 2021:
After 20 years of teaching in the area of nutrition and ecology, I decided to develop a series of publications called Food With The World In Mind.™ Sustainability and Your Diet is the first volume in the series. With the help of 50 charts and diagrams and several hundred research references, this 250-page book brings together the history of nutrition, science of ecology, economics of agriculture, and everyday eating in a unique way. It includes a collection of live links to more than 200 science-based websites that specialize in topics like sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and foraged foods; large-scale farming and precision agriculture; seafood quality and fish farming; life cycle assessment; food commodities and food supply chains; food contaminants and FDA food recalls; plastic packaging and waste recycling; genetically engineered foods and irradiated foods; and government regulation of the food supply.
Coming in Winter 2022:
This second volume in the series takes you on a backstage tour of the global food supply. Objectives in this second volume include: defining globalization in a way that helps make sense of the U.S. food supply; understanding the “cast of characters” responsible for global food production (governments, corporations, citizens, and elite/power organizations including the World Trade Association, Trilateral Commission and G20); identifying essential components in global food production (commodities, value-added sectors, scales of production, marketplace risks, containerization, transportation hubs, and distribution channels); understanding practical aspects of large-scale farming, including adoption of farming contracts and precision agriculture; and evaluating the relationship between globalization, population size, and gross domestic production (GDP). During this “behind the scenes” look, case-study approaches are used to explore additional topics that include: small farms and globalization, regional eating and globalization, food quality monitoring and globalization, and food scarcity and globalization.
Understanding the Link between Environment, Food Quality, and Disease
Drawing upon 842 indexed journal studies from the fields of cell biology, toxicology, immunology, neurology and genetics, Environmental Nutrition offers a molecular-level understanding of the link between environment, food quality, and disease. A core section of the text provides a comprehensive survey of toxic substances in the U.S. food supply, followed by a step-by-step analysis of their biochemical impact on body function. The challenges posed by food toxicity at the level of public policy, food supply dynamics, biogeochemical cycles, and medical philosophy are carefully reviewed in a concluding section. The text also includes a series of detailed historical highlights that place current nutritional issues into a broader and more meaningful context. [VIEW TABLE OF CONTENTS]
Included in the book are in-depth explorations of controversial topics like food irradiation and pesticide use, evaluations of over 100 toxic substances commonly found in food, and a detailed cellular-level analysis of potential health problems. Strategies for the establishment of environmental standards in nutrition are outlined, including sustainable agriculture and organic food production. (304 pages, 112 tables and figures, 842 indexed journal references.)
NOTE: In order to make Environmental Nutrition available in a high-quality, searchable PDF format, I ended up with a large file size (94MB). Purchasers have the option to download the book as a single PDF file or as 8 smaller files (corresponding to the front matter, back matter, and 6 individual chapters). These smaller PDF files range from 3MB to 20MB each.
Staying Healthy with Nutrition – 21st Century Edition
Available directly from Amazon.com in Kindle, hardcover, and paperback format, Staying Healthy with Nutrition is the 2006 revision of Dr. Elson Haas’ classic reference guide. I worked for several years on the food, nutrition and diet chapters of the book, integrating information from approximately 1,500 research studies and and creating a 58-page bibliography of journal citations.
Buck Levin Doctoral Dissertation
My 196-page dissertation (which includes over 250 research citations in its last 23 pages) is primarily useful not for its statistical methodology or statistical findings but for its literature review on the concept of aging. The work of Harvard paleontologist Stephen J. Gould on heterochrony; of University of Arizona anthropologist William Stini on the maladaptiveness of accelerated maturation; and of physiologist Edward Masoro at the University of Texas on caloric restriction and “undernutrition with malnutrition” are highlights of this research review. Also covered in detail are the concepts of entropy and neoteny, as well as diverse theories regarding infant feeding, dietary intake during childhood, and age of menarche. Despite being somewhat dated, this literature review should be worthwhile reading for persons interested in aging as a concept or in multi-disciplinary approaches to aging.
Available for free, but most be ordered through my Shop.