The Daily Dose: The cost of food extends beyond our pockets

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With World Food Day come and gone, we’re left with an untold number of articles extolling the different aspects of eating, hunger, and poverty alleviation. An editorial in Nature highlighted the economic cost of the food industry’s role in wasting food (one-third of all food gets thrown in the bin), sucking up water for irrigation, and contributing to the unhealthy eating habits that result in obesity. According to the author, “These hidden costs — or externalities — must be met, and last month a landmark report estimated them to be somewhere in the region of US$12 trillion a year, rising to $16 trillion by 2050. That is a staggering figure — equivalent to the gross domestic product of China.” Solutions are offered, all of which would enrage Conservatives across the globe… because dying young on a barren planet is better. Right? https://go.nature.com/35Ka2MD

Global climate change activists might have their hearts in the right place, but their brains are definitely in their asses. We’ll just let the Associated Press do the talking on this one. “Londoners have largely tolerated a series of peaceful protests in recent days by the Extinction Rebellion group, but interfering with workers’ morning commute appeared to be a step too far for some.” Seriously. What are they thinking. NOBODY is in a good mood heading to work in the morning. But, yes, making them late for work is definitely the way to win them over. http://bit.ly/2IXUjQw

A study published in PLOS One examines whether female researchers in Canada are less likely to receive grant money than their male counterparts. Karen Burns, et al. took a look at 55,700 grant and 4,087 personnel award applications submitted to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. According to the authors, they “analyzed application success rates according to gender and the primary institute selected by applicants, pooled gender differences in success rates using random effects models, and fitted Poisson regression models to assess the effects of gender, time, and institute.” They found that “gender disparities” did, in fact, exist. http://bit.ly/2IXRvTv

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