LCIRAH Seminar Series - July 18th 2013 - Nutrition-related health impact of bioful-induced food-price inflation, Mr Noah Scovronick

Date and Time

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 12:30 to 13:30

Abstract

Location: LIDC Upper Meeting Room, 36 Gordon Square

Speaker: Mr Noah Scovronick, LSHTM

Abstract: This study explores the relationship between liquid biofuels, food prices and nutrition-related health outcomes in four countries: Guatemala, Malawi, Brazil and the USA. We assessed undernutrition in terms of child stunting and micronutrient deficiency for the former three countries and overnutrition in terms of ischemic heart disease in Brazil and the USA. All calculations are based on published data. Our (preliminary) results suggest that biofuel-induced food-price inflation is likely to exacerbate undernutrition in food insecure populations, but could provide benefits in areas with high levels of overnutrition. Based on this study, the talk will focus on the methodological aspects of this and related approaches.

Bio: Noah is currently in the late stages of his PhD at LSHTM, looking at the links between liquid biofuels and human health. Before coming to the UK, he did an MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town and also worked for a few years as an Environmental Consultant. He hold a BSc in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University (USA).

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