The Center for Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyles and Disease Prevention in the School of Public Health is the home for Environmental Nutrition Research at Loma Linda University. We are currently accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to advance the research described below.
Environmental Nutrition is the discipline of comparing food production and consumption with the impact that this activity has on the environment. We have identified four domains in the basic food system: resource inputs, drivers of demand, food outputs, and waste emissions. Two distinct environments, the natural world and human societies, provide these inputs and drivers, and in turn, are impacted by the outputs of the food system. The goal of our research agenda is to clarify how these domains interact to move society toward a sustainable food system.
A sustainable food system is one that produces nutritious food while maintaining the ecosystem within which the food is made. Our current, industrial food system is not sustainable. It depends on an excess use of natural resources that are consumed before they can be naturally replenished. Industrial agriculture has led to biodiversity loss, air and water pollution, and environmental degradation.
White others are exploring agricultural and technological improvements to protect the environment and save natural resources, our emphasis is on dietary modification as a factor in sustainability. Societal demand is often unrecognized as a contributor to the food system, driving production of specific foods. We have been evaluating the processes utilized to produce particular foods and have been comparing different dietary patterns for their environmental impact. Conducting and analyzing life cycle analysis of foods to determine the resources needed to bring food from farm to fork has provided valuable data. And we have compared the environmental toll for varying sources of comparable nutrition. Our research has established that plant-based diets are not only better for human health but also more protective of the environment.
While continuing to research the impact of specific foods and diet patterns, we are beginning to explore the options for disseminating our findings to policy makers, health professionals and the general population. Research on dietary behavioral change and information impacts need to be investigated.
The post-doctoral appointment is for one year with renewal for a second year based on goal completion. Please consult our website https://environmentalnutrition.org for more specific information and for application procedures.
Candidates interested in applying to the fellowship program must have a doctoral degree in a field related to the area of interest, such as environmental health, nutrition, food science, epidemiology, biology, ecology, sociology, or economics. Candidates must also have an interest in inter- and trans-disciplinary research and, ideally, a strong background or training experience in public health or in two or more of the disciplines listed above. A working knowledge of vegetarian nutrition will be helpful. Candidates should possess proven quantitative skills as well as professional English writing skills and must be eligible to work in the United States for at least two years. US citizenship is not required.
Additional Salary Information: $3,000 available for research expenses
Internal Number: 20190610
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