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Chapter Eleven: Whose conscience counts?

Gloria Feldt with Carol Trickett Jennings University of North Texas Press PDF

We had testified that Congress should not practice medicine and that reproductive health decisions should be made by women with their families and physicians, not by government. In my testimony, I told the stories of several women and their experiences with tragic and catastrophic pregnancies that had necessitated wrenching choices. My testimony concluded with the following:

This bill trivializes women who must make difficult decisions under circumstances that, quite frankly, would soundly defeat many of us here today. In the quarter century since Roe v. Wade,

American women have not had a moment’s rest—not from legislative attempts to restrict their rights, not from violent protesters willing to use any means to interfere with their private and personal decisions. I have personally worked to promote and protect women’s health for all those years, and I am still amazed at those who would say to a woman, “We are not your doctors, we are not your family, but we are going to tell you what to do.”

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Secret 9: Make a Mind-Body-Spirit Commitment

Kalena Cook and Margaret Christensen, M.D. University of North Texas Press PDF


Make a Mind-Body-Spirit


Despite Physical Challenges,

Obstetrician Chose a Birth Center

Melissa Crochet, M.D.’s Story

At ten weeks into my second pregnancy, my ovary twisted on itself. I knew something was wrong. I writhed in pain. At first I thought it was appendicitis. It became a nightmare because we had our toddler, Ethan, with us and we needed my husband’s mom to help care for him immediately. So my husband, Jay, called her from the Ob/Gyn’s office who was going to perform my surgery. Jay’s mom was teaching and she had to leave her class immediately. She needs directions when driving in Dallas and Jay stood in the doctor’s office looking out from the third floor window directing her on his cell phone turn-by-turn to the building.

With clenched teeth, I said,“Just get her heeere ....” Finally she arrived.

We all went down to the parking lot.The nurse carried our stuff and

I walked bent over in pain. It would ease off and then yaaaaa. I got in the car and just wished we would go. Jay stopped and turned. His mom wanted directions on how to get from there to our house. I heard him say,

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3 The Challenges of Sustainable Food Systems Where Food Security Meets Sustainability – What are Countries Doing?

Burlingame, B.; Dernini, S. CABI PDF


The Challenges of Sustainable Food

Systems Where Food Security Meets

Sustainability – What are Countries Doing?

Meredith Harper, Alon Shepon, Nir Ohad and Elliot M. Berry


The evolutionary history of the concepts of food security (FS) and sustainability have run in parallel for many years. After the food crisis of 2008, stability was added to definition of FS as a short-term time dimension to express the ability to withstand shocks to the food system caused by natural or man-made disasters. We have proposed that sustainability be added as a fifth long-term time dimension, thus bringing together FS and sustainability. In 2015, the United Nations described the seventeen sustainable development goals. We believe that FS involves all the goals to a greater or lesser extent. The challenge ahead is to build and integrate FS on the sustainability agenda and vice versa. The final common pathway for all these efforts is for countries to develop their most appropriate sustainable food systems. As a practical exercise towards this aim, we have reviewed what eight different countries (United States, Brazil, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the Scandinavian nations) are doing regarding their food systems. We have compared their programmes according to an operational template for recommendations for Israel based on eight consensus criteria.

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5. Hope

Kathryn A. Rhine Indiana University Press ePub



Because of global donors’ increasing investment in HIV treatment programs over the past decade, the number of support groups across the country has multiplied exponentially.1 In Kano city alone, there are at least seven, comprising several hundred HIV-positive men and women. On the wall of one of the offices where I conducted interviews, there was a framed document outlining the vision of the support group. In line with the expectations of these donors, it stated that their central mission was to “promote a self-sufficient society, the alleviation of poverty, and the reduction of stigma.” The nongovernmental organizations that sponsor support groups also assist them by serving as venues for programs that address “social care.”2 HIV-positive men and women may access resources, such as legal services, linkages to food support, and income-generating programs, primarily through enrollment and involvement in these groups. In addition, clinicians, public health workers, and researchers, like me, recruit people in these sites for different kinds of studies, interventions, and public events.3

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21 Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS): a Legacy for Food and Nutrition Security

Burlingame, B.; Dernini, S. CABI PDF


Globally Important Agricultural

Heritage Systems (GIAHS): a Legacy for Food and Nutrition Security

Parviz Koohafkan


In many countries specific agricultural systems and landscapes have been created, shaped and maintained by generations of farmers and herders based on diverse species and their interactions and using locally adapted, distinctive and often ingenious combinations of management practices and techniques. Globally important agricultural heritage systems (GIAHS) represent a unique sub-set of these agricultural systems, which exemplify customary use of globally significant agricultural biodiversity and merit to be recognized as a heritage of mankind.

Agricultural heritage systems throughout the world testify to the inventiveness and ingenuity of farmers in their use and management of the finite resources, biodiversity and interspecies dynamics, and the physical attributes of the landscape, codified in traditional but evolving knowledge, practices and technologies. However, GIAHS are rapidly shrinking victims of globalization, urbanization and unsustainable technological and economic changes.

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