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New Government Report: Policy Reform in the Tobacco Industry

Policy Reform in the Tobacco Industry: Producers Adapt to a Changing Market

by Linda Foreman & William McBride
Paperback, 20 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437986624

The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 eliminated tobacco quotas and tobacco price supports and allowed producers to plant any amount or type of tobacco regardless of geographic location. Flue-cured tobacco producers (FCTP) made greater adjustments to their operations after the buyout than did burley tobacco producers (BTP). FCTP were more likely to increase tobacco acres per farm, pushing up the tobacco acreage per farm at a faster rate compared with BTP. They also invested more per farm after 2004. With over 75% of tobacco farms using hired or contract labor in 2008, the availability and cost of workers have become increasingly important to tobacco producers. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 6, 2011 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: How Food Away From Home Affects Children’s Diet Quality

How Food Away From Home Affects Children’s Diet Quality
by Lisa Mancino
Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437940846

“This study includes estimates of how each child’s consumption of food away from home, food from school, and caloric sweetened beverages affects that child’s diet quality and calorie consumption. Compared with meals and snacks prepared at home, food prepared away from home increases caloric intake of children, especially older children. Each food-away-from-home meal adds 108 more calories to daily total intake among children ages 13-18 than a snack or meal from home. Both food away from home and all food from school also lower the daily diet quality of older children. Among younger children, the effect of food from school on caloric intake and diet quality does not differ significantly from that of food from home.”

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October 12, 2010 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Vegetarian Soul Food Cookbook, Now 70% Off

Weekly Book Special: October 5th-October 11th

In recognition of World Vegetarian Day, we’ve been poring over our collection of cookbooks looking for the best in animal-friendly, heart healthy recipes. Our undisputed favorite was this collection of 150 sumptuous vegan meals from acclaimed food justice activist and “eco-chef” Bryant Terry.

Vegan Soul Kitchen:
Fresh, Healthy and Creative African-American Cuisine

by Bryant Terry, Paperback, 165 pages
List Price: $18.95, Lowest Amazon.com Price: $7.32, OUR PRICE: $5.95

Vegan Soul Kitchen

Bryant Terry takes local, organic, vegan cuisine, gives it a Southern twist and a much needed dollop of soul. It wasn’t enough to provide us with soon-to-be-family-favorites like upper Caribbean creamy grits with roasted plantain pieces, Terry gives us a soundtrack as well. Each of these mouthwatering recipes comes with a recommendation for musical inspiration ranging from old-school soul to gospel to hip-hop.

Terry’s background in food justice activism leads him to eschew elitism; his recipes depend on commonly available ingredients without sacrificing quality. Don’t let the “vegan” label scare you; this is a book for all of us who know that “healthy” and “hearty” are not mutually exclusive.

The two vegans in our office humbly defy you to resist Terry’s open-faced BBQ tempeh sandwich with carrot-cayenne coleslaw (click to enlarge):

Trains

Diet for a New America author John Robbins extols the virtues of Terry’s kitchen-craft, asking us: “do you think a commitment to healthy eating means enduring bland and boring food? Vegan Soul Kitchen will not only show you otherwise, but will make it easy for you to create fabulously delicious and exotic dishes. Here’s proof that natural foods can be fascinating and sensuous.”

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October 5, 2010 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: New Jersey Syringe Access Program Demonstration Project Interim Report: Implementation of P.L. 23006, c.99, Blood-borne Disease Harm Reduction Act

New Jersey Syringe Access Program Demonstration Project Interim Report: Implementation of P.L. 23006, c.99, Blood-borne Disease Harm Reduction Act
by Laurence E. Ganges
Paperback, 17 pages, 2010, ISBN: 9781437935059, $15.00

Four years ago, New Jersey became the last state to approve needle-exchange programs to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS by drug addicts, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. A new state Health Department report shows those efforts are making a difference, and offers evidence that the pilot programs should continue. But they are threatened by a lack of funding.

Injection drug use is one of the most common methods of transmission for a number of preventable life‐threatening diseases, including HIV and Hepatitis C.

Along with drug treatment and behavioral health interventions, syringe access programs are an important component in attempting to prevent/reduce the risks associated with injection drug use.

On Dec. 19, 2006, Governor Corzine signed the “Blood‐borne Disease Harm Reduction Act,” which allows a maximum of six municipalities in NJ to establish a demonstration syringe access program.

This report presents an evaluation of the Demonstration Project based on data collected from the inception of the first site from Nov. 27, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2009. Charts and tables.

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August 4, 2010 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Estimated Financial Effects of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” as Passed by the U.S. Senate on December 24, 2009

Estimated Financial Effects of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” as Passed by the U.S. Senate on December 24, 2009
by Richard S. Foster (Paperback, 37 pages, 2010, $20)

This memorandum summarizes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) Office of the Actuary’s estimates of the financial and coverage effects through FY 2019 of selected provisions of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (PPACA) on December 24, 2009 (HR3590, as amended).

Included are the estimated net Federal expenditures in support of expanded health insurance coverage, the associated numbers of people by insured status, the changes in Medicare and Medicaid expenditures and revenues, and the overall impact on total national health expenditures. Charts and tables.

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April 27, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment


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