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  1. Key Resource Presented at the ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2015 The cyclical relationship between agricultural development and human health can hinder or drive economic development. In this presentation, Dr. Hanson will explore the impacts of poor health on agricultural productivity and yield;...  
  2. 2013-04-20 Sometimes the smallest of things can impact human health beyond all proportion to their size. Trace elements are an example of this. Trace elements in an amount that is either above or below certain thresholds in soil, animal feed, or the human diet can have important impacts on the health of...  
  3. 2017-07-17 For 20 years, an area in eastern India was the site of a mysterious, sudden-onset, neurological illness that affected apparently healthy young children, resulting in seizures, comas and (in 40 percent of cases) death. This pattern occurred starting in mid-May, and ended in July with the arrival...  
  4. 2018-11-20 INTERIOR: How does farming expand a spiritual leader’s understanding of self, faith and vocation? EXTERIOR: How does farming expand a spiritual leader’s understanding of creation, people and culture?  
  5. 2009-04-01 Phosphorus in the hulls of plant seeds, especially legumes and grains, is bound up in an organic molecule called phytic acid. In addition to the bound phosphorus, phytic acid can interrupt the body’s ability to utilize minerals found in food. Unless the phytic acid molecule is broken down, either...  
  6. 2017-07-17 Leaves of tropical crops like chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) and cassava (Manihot esculenta) contain cyanogenic glycosides, toxic substances that release hydrocyanic acid (HCN; also referred to as cyanide or prussic acid) when cells are crushed. Consuming these plants without cooking them can...  
  7. 2016-07-11 Dr. Dowell is a Research Agricultural Engineer with the USDA ARS. He has about 30 years of experience developing technology to measure grain quality and improving food security in developing countries. He has over 20 years of experience in international agriculture, and is President of Planting...  
  8. 2005-10-01 Konzo is an irreversible disease that appears suddenly and causes spastic paralysis of both legs. Konzo affects mainly women and children, afflicting thousands in the remote rural areas of Bandundu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has also been reported from remote rural areas in...  
  9. 2015-01-20 Selenium (Se), along with iron, zinc, and iodine, is one of a number of essential micronutrients that must be consumed in sufficient amounts in order to maintain human health. Selenium is part of a number of proteins within the human body that play an important role in protecting our bodies from...  
  10. 2009-04-01 In many developing countries, there is no or little governmental regulation of and inspection for aflatoxin in foods and feeds. Even if there is governmental control in food processing, there is no oversight of food sold in markets or consumed right on the farm. The result is that humans are...