This Simple Food Could End World Hunger

Food trucks, road races among ‘growing pains’ for downtown Raleigh

Dr. Manary stumbled across peanut butter as a solution to saving the lives of severely malnourished children while working in a Malawi village in 1999. It was during his time that he noticed people struggling with inadequate farming methods and nutrition and devised a food substance which was bacteria-resistant, easy to make and source, as well as being full of vitamins and nutrients. The answer, to him, was obvious. Two years later the American conducted a series of tests with peanut butter to see if it made a difference in reversing the effects of severe malnutrition without children requiring a hospital stay or travelling hundreds of miles for treatment. He made a ready-made mixture, or ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), and found 95 per cent of children had recovered from malnutrition within six weeks of eating the peanut butter paste. A child before treatment (left), two weeks into treatment (center) and six weeks after treatment started (right).Photo: Dr. Manary told from west Africa that the evidence was overwhelming that the food has the potential to save millions of lives. The ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) can treat severe malnutrition anywhere on the planet, he said. And he said the success rates speak for themselves. This approach is beyond research and innovation, he said. Our team has treated more than 100,000 severely malnourished children with on average 90 per cent recovery. His nutrient-rich mixture has even been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the best way to treat malnutrition. The high-calorie, fortified peanut butter-like food contains mono-unsaturated fats, which are easy to digest, and are rich in zinc and protein. It also has the added advantage of not needing to be refrigerated for months and doesnt require cooking. The so called super food provides the specific, high-quality nutrition children need to recover, survive, and even thrive and has been shown to raise the kids immunity to such a point where they can be saved from diseases and illness including Malaria.

This week, a mother called us about her child hospitalized with a Salmonella poisoning from his day care’s chicken lunch. The child’s condition was tenuous, with a blood infection, and treatment was especially challenging as the bacteria was antibiotic resistant. The mom turned to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, for information and help because key government’s public health agencies and websites are shut down. Does this have an impact on food safety? You betcha! Regardless of whether this illness is related to the outbreak linked to Foster Farms chickens , it illustrates that each case of illness is important to track, and protecting our families from unsafe food should be considered an essential function of government. When the shutdown began, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would have to halt most of its food safety activities, including routine inspections of food manufacturers and monitoring of imports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shuttered some of its key activities, including outbreak detection and infectious-disease surveillance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture kept its meat, poultry and egg inspectors on the job, but furloughed more than 1,200 other food safety workers.

Food safety hampered by shutdown

And next month, theyll get recommendations on possible locations for feeding the homeless and needy following efforts this summer to push the handouts out of Moore Square. Each topic requires a balancing act between diverse groups, but its a challenge the city council is happy to accept. The issues all stem from downtowns rapid transformation from a sleepy office district to Raleighs epicenter of special events and development. We are experiencing these growing pains, and were trying to find a balance, said Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin, who will oversee many of the debates as chair of the law and public safety committee. Its like were a victim of our own success in a way, and this has gotten ahead of us. … There was a time that we didnt have a lot of events downtown. Just eight years ago, the old Fayetteville Street pedestrian mall was a ghost town on weekends. But on Sunday, thousands of people filled the street from the state Capitol to City Plaza, standing in line for hours to grab a bite from one of 60 food trucks. The event was the fourth rodeo this year, but some were experiencing the food truck craze for the first time. While downtown Durham has food trucks nearly every day, Raleighs rules tend to push the trucks to office parks and breweries away from the city center. Larry Sanders of Raleigh says he works downtown and would like to visit the trucks more often, though he understands the need for restrictions. Having a zone set up seems like it makes sense, he said while standing in a 50-person line for the Chirba Chirba dumpling truck. Thats the idea petition organizer Logan King, owner of Raleigh Screen Print, plans to bring to the city council this fall. Hes taken the model from Portland and envisions three food truck zones along side streets in the Warehouse District.