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Agriculture Food Security Nutrition and Health in North East India

Debashis, B. Francis Kulirani and B. Datta Ray Basu, 2006, Mittal Publications; ISBN-10: 8170999758, ISBN-13: 978-8170999751

According to current statistics and estimates, approximately 36 per cent of the people of North- East India are below the poverty level. In Meghalaya, for instance, 50 per cent of the households are below the poverty level. This, according to the editors of this volume, implies that those who live below poverty level are unable to buy enough food, in almost all the states of North-East India the availability of all the food items taken together are much below the standard as recommended for a healthy life. The immediate objective of policy makers and official agencies is, thus to make standard food available to the people. Unfortunately, this remains uncertain in North-East India, and the situation is alarming.

A natural corollary of this situation is widespread nutrition deficiency and at least 250 million people in India suffer from varying degrees of malnutrition: out of 100 deaths in rural India, 58 are of children and seven million children are affected by blindness because of nutrition deficiency. The picture of North-East India is dismal in this context. In view of the above state of affairs the public distribution system has an important role which has, so far, failed to reach the target groups in the countryside.

This volume contains 37 papers from eminent experts on aspects of public distribution system, the overall agricultural scenario, food security, nutritional security and the related population and health issues in different parts of North-East India. Some case studies of various constituents of the region throw adequate light on the existing conditions and are useful in finding solutions to the very acute problems in North-East India in the context of the issues covered by this comprehensive book.

Plants in Human Health and Nutrition Policy

Simopoulos A.P., Gopalan C. (Eds), 2003, World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vol. 91, XIV., 138 p., ISBN: 978-3-8055-7554-6, e-ISBN: 978-3-318-00954-5

The present volume includes a series of studies on edible wild plants and their impact on human health. Today the diet of developed societies is limited to a few cultivated vegetables while the developing countries often lack an adequate supply of micronutrients. Wild plants contain antioxidant, omega-3 fatty acid and micronutrient components that contribute to both a decrease in the risk for chronic diseases as well as the reduction of nutritional deficiencies. Thus they address many diet-related problems at both ends of the socio-economic spectrum.

Results from research provide data on the composition of indigenous plants from various areas of the world and show that consumption of green leafy vegetables corrects deficiencies successfully. The book also deals with nutrition policy integrating indigenous foods against micronutrient deficiency. Implementation of scientific evidence is an essential precondition for improving nutrition policy. Nutritionists, food producers, botanists, agronomists, food technologists, pharmacologists as well as all professionals involved with food policy and human development will find in this book a valuable and updated basis for their work.

Beyond Organic… Growing for Maximum Nutrition [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Jana Bogs (Author), Dr. A. Frederick Kennedy (Illustrator), December 14, 2013, www.amazon.com, 142 pages, Rs.399.00

Our foods have lost up to 70% of some nutrients in the last 70 years. This loss of nutrition may explain, at least in part, our increasing health concerns. Whatever your goals and dreams in life, all will be more easily achieved when your body and mind receive the best nutrition from optimallygrown foods. Learn how the Beyond Organic Growing System (BOGS) can produce Nutrition Grown foods, with many times the nutrient content of typical produce. See independent, third-party laboratory analyzed comparisons of Nutrition Grown foods vs. USDA food nutrient database listings.

This book also brings you cutting edge research on how fruit growing methods can effect blood glucose levels in humans. Plants must receive the optimal nutrition they need to be able to express their full potentials to create large arrays of health-giving phytonutrients. In turn, people and animals who eat these Nutrition Grown plants receive the phytonutrients they need to help them express their full potentials. β€œThe cure just might be in the garden – the Nutrition Grown garden!”