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Robert Lawrence
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Dr. Lawrence is the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Center seeks to promote research and to develop and communicate information about the complex interrelationships among diet, food production, environment and human health. He chairs the board of directors of Physicians for Human Rights, which shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eliminate the use of anti-personnel landmines. He trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Antibiotic Resistance: How Industrial Agriculture Lies With Statistics

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:14 AM

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance wants to talk to you. The website of the Alliance, a coalition of corporations and trade associations that make up a who's who of industrial agriculture, says the organization wants "to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about...

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Now, Not Later -- We Need to Talk About the Farm Bill

(6) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Procrastination bedevils everyone, despite the best of intentions. I've seen it happen many times with my graduate students, as a promising paper or research idea slouches into mediocrity, or worse, at the 11th hour. Even Thomas Jefferson was an infamous procrastinator, coining the phrase, "Never put off until tomorrow what...

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FDA Should Share Data About Livestock on Drugs

(19) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 4:58 PM

Let's say you have a sore throat, or a bad knee, or it's time for your annual exam. You visit your doctor. Your physician asks about your consumption of all manner of drugs: prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and supplements. She doesn't ask you these questions because...

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Why Must the USDA Flip-Flop on Meatless Monday?

(27) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 10:40 AM

Last week, I watched with astonishment as a U.S. cabinet member was intimidated by the industry his agency is charged with overseeing. Under pressure, Secretary Tom Vilsack, who heads the U.S. Department of Agriculture, capitulated to Big Meat. It's nothing new to see industry's influence on government, but...

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Public Health Relies on Environmental Stewardship in the Farm Bill

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:10 AM

This month, once again, the rubber hits the road with the farm bill. The Senate finished its version in June, and although many food security components are flawed, there were some surprisingly good results in the realm of conservation. Next week the House will begin its markup. As always, there's...

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Feeding the World, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Rio+20

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 5:44 PM

All around the world, thousands of leaders, policymakers, advocates and sustainable development wonks are arriving in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The draw? Hot and steamy discussions about poverty eradication, food security, sustainable agriculture and the so-called "green economy."

Rio+20, beginning next week, is the short name for the UN Conference...

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For the Earth, Your Health and Your Pocketbook, Try Meatless Monday

(14) Comments | Posted April 20, 2009 | 10:04 AM

With the world about to celebrate Earth Day, here's something everyone can do to help the environment, public health, their own health and their budget: Stop eating meat on Monday.

Meatless Monday is an international movement that offers people a powerful weekly cue to meaningful action. What it asks of...

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