Japan's Dietary Transition and Its Impacts
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The MIT Press
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I am pleased to present the ninth book in the Food, Health, and the Environment series. This series explores the global and local dimensions of food systems and examines issues of access, justice, and environmental and community well-being. It includes books that focus on the way food is grown, processed...
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This book is about long-term dietary change and its consequences for agricultural production, trade, food consumption, environment, and health. Its scope dictates interdisciplinary coverage and precludes any simple categorization: the book draws on findings from historical and economic studies...
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1. Japanese Diet, 1900 – 2010: From Subsistence to Affluence
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During the 1970s, Junichi Saga began recording the memories of his patients, who were born mostly during the last decade of the nineteenth and the first decade of the twentieth century and lived in, or near, Tsuchiura, in the Lake Kasumigaura region. Almost uniformly, those testimonies...
2. Old and New Foodstuffs: A Century of Transitions
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There is no shortage of universal, nearly universal, or very common trends that unfolded across the eventful twentieth century. Entries on this list could range from unprecedented growth of populations to no less unprecedented rates of urbanization, from economic integration and globalization...
3. Food Consumption: Continuity and Change
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Chapter 2 traced the important components of Japan’s diet, from rice to seaweeds, and the long-term changes in supply and per capita consumption. In this chapter we quantify Japan’s twentieth-century dietary transition by examining it from every major nutritional perspective. Although modern dietary...
4. Diets and Well-being: Health and Longevity
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For many individuals, their genetic inheritance or excessive environmental exposure is the most important factor determining their health and longevity. For the poorest traditional populations, it was impossible to rank their inadequate diets, their dismal living condition, and their extraordinarily hard...
5. Environmental Impacts: Land, Water, Nitrogen, and Ocean
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Agriculture is a clever manipulation of artificial ecosystems in order to maximize their net primary productivity. Some of these agroecosystems are relatively species rich, involving complex rotations of crops, even interplanting, as well as the maintenance of perennial plants in hedgerows or tree groves...
6. Japanese Diet: Retrospect and Prospect
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Fascination of long-term perspectives lies in dynamic combinations of gradual trends, which often unfold in unpredictable ways, and sudden shifts whose power sets entire nations on new historical trajectories. The history of modern Japan is a near-perfect example of this interaction. The five generations...
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Page Count: 244
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Food, Health, and the Environment