Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s (IATP) Food and Health Program works to make food healthier by advocating for more sustainable food production and a less contaminated food supply.
Much human exposure to many toxic pollutants comes through the food chain.
The new Web site: www.iatp.org/foodandhealth is a great resource for those wanting to
- Learn more about toxic pollutants and other food contaminants; and
- Identify and buy safer food alternatives.
The site includes:
- The Smart Fish Calculator, which calculates safe levels of fish and seafood to eat, based on your weight and on government data;
- The Eat Well Guide, which connects consumers with farmers that produce meat and poultry raised sustainably and without the routine use of antibiotics;
- IATP’s work with hospitals to buy healthy food raised sustainably and without routine antibiotics, including case studies;
- Three fact sheets addressing health risks from “factory farms”, or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs); CAFOs produce about 575 billion pounds of manure annually. Manure concentration contributes to water pollution, air pollution, and likely to antibiotic resistance, posing serious risks to human health.
- Other topics including flame-retardants in food, toxic sludge and fertilizers, and environmental contributors to disease, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease.