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The Trust has been fortunate to have hosted a number of lectures since it began in 1988, all of which have been given by distinguished scientists and policy makers. Each lecture highlights a specific important aspect of the relationship between good food and public health, but these are the opinions of those who give the lectures, not of CWT. All of these lectures are now available as PDF downloads. Although the PDFs are free, donations can be made via PayPal and are much appreciated.



The text and tables contained in these lectures can be reproduced by anyone involved in providing food as long as an acknowledgement is made to the author.



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2012: Socks and Sausages: We’ve come a long way on food policy, but it isn’t far enough!


Kath Dalmeny

Kath looked back at food policy wins in the decades since Caroline Walker and her colleagues started raising the importance of food for our health and the sustainability of the food system on which we depend. She reflected on how hard those wins have been, how much of what has been achieved is now under threat, and discuss the lessons we can learn for keeping food firmly on the political and policy agenda.

As Policy Director for Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, Kath helps to develop and run food policy activities and campaigns in support of a healthy and sustainable food system. She has a special interest in food, sustainability and climate change and how the benefits of healthier food can be enjoyed more equitably by people living on a low income. Kath, was a member of the Food Advisory Group to the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and is a member of the London Food Board Executive.
 
   
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ISBN: 978-1-897820-40-7

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2010: Sunlight robbery: Vitamin D and public health – Is current UK public health policy on vitamin D fit for purpose?


Oliver Gillie

Oliver Gillie BSc, PhD is a scientist and writer. He argues that public health policy on vitamin D in the UK is badly out of date and needs urgent revision. Most people obtain only about 5% of the vitamin D they need from their diet and rely on sun exposure of the skin to produce the remainder . Scientific evidence suggests that blood levels of vitamin D above 80 to 100 nmols/l will provide protection against numerous diseases including: diabetes, heart disease, raised blood pressure, certain cancers, arthritis and a number of autoimmune diseases including: Crohn’s and lupus erythematosus, as well as the classic bone diseases of rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis, and the fractures that may result from weak bones. Government advice on vitamin D and sun exposure needs a full revision so that it is based on scientific evidence. New advice and provision of vitamin D supplements for all pregnant women and babies are urgently needed because experts now accept that multiple sclerosis, diabetes type 1, and possibly other diseases, are caused by insufficient vitamin D during pregnancy and early life.

Oliver Gillie BSc, PhD is a scientist and writer. He argues that public health policy on vitamin D in the UK is badly out of date and needs urgent revision.

Hard copies of this lecture can be bought from Oliver Ghillie
 
   
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- 2004: The Role of Nutrition in Human Evolution - PDF

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2004: School Meals and Sustainable Food Chains


Professor Kevin Morgan

The school meal is at the forefront of the debate about the health of our young people and Kevin Morgan proposes that the school meals service is a prism through which we can examine some of the larger questions that face us today.

How can the public realm re-assert itself and begin to set demanding and innovative standards for health and well being? How can public procurement become a creative force for sustainable development rather than being stymied by (real and imagined) regulations from Brussels and London?

He argues that the search for the 'big idea' to tackle obesity is a forlorn quest, for the simple reason that there isn't one. We have to recognize that there are lots of 'little ideas' and these need to be synchronized if we are ever to realize the multiple dividends of healthy school meals.

Kevin Morgan is Professor of European Regional Development in the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. His research interests revolve around four main themes: sustainable agri-food chains; innovation in the private and public sector; regional development and political devolution. He has acted as an advisor to the OECD, European Commission, and regional governments and development agencies throughout the European Union.
 
   
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- 2003: The Fate of Nations - PDF

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2003: The Fate of Nations


Geoffrey Cannon

Geoffrey Cannon affirms that 'the fate of nations is determined by what they eat'. Food and nutrition policy is a political issue. Food systems based on or backed by nutrition science have literally changed the size and shape of much of the human race.

He identifies general principles of mainstream nutrition science and its application to global food policies, originally devised in previous times of industrial and imperial expansion.

He proposes that these are now mostly useless or destructive, and should be set aside and replaced. He advocates a revolutionary 'new map': a new general theory designed to empower nutrition science to improve human health, and also that of the whole living and natural world.

Geoffrey Cannon has worked on nutrition and food policy since the early 1980s. He was married to Caroline Walker and is a founder of the Caroline Walker Trust. He now lives and works in Brazil, and has been a member of both UK and Brazilian government delegations to the World Health Organization. In Britain he was chairman of the National Food Alliance (now Sustain), and director of Science of the World Cancer Research Fund. He is a best-selling author and prizewinning journalist and campaigner.
 
   
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- 2002: The Role of Nutrition in Human Evolution - PDF

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2002: The Role of Nutrition in Human Evolution


Professor Michael A Crawford

A great deal of recent scientific interest has refocused attention on Darwinian theories of human evolution. A lively debate has arisen over the relevance and significance of human evolutionary theory on contemporary society.

In the fifteenth annual Caroline Walker lecture, Professor Michael A Crawford, Director of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition at the London Metropolitan University, outlines the possible role of nutrition in human evolution.

Michael Crawford as a distinguished and experienced researcher into brain chemistry and evolution provides an expert vision of this topic.

The Caroline Walker Trust is grateful to the Co-operative Group for its support in the publication of this lecture.
 
   
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- 2001: Inadequacies in Health - The Role of Nutrition - PDF

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2001: Inadequacies in Health - The Role of Nutrition


Professor Sir Michael Marmot

Health is unequally distributed within and between societies - what role does nutrition play in these inequalities?

Following the publication of the Acheson Inquiry the government has implemented several social and health policy initiatives aimed at reducing inequalities in health.In spite of these developments, gaps remain in our understanding of the basis of health inequalities.

Prof. Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Society at University College London, a leading authority in research into health inequalities, provides an expert insight into the potential role of nutrition as a causative factor.
 
   
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- 2000: The Food Standards Agency - A Vision for the Future - PDF

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2000: The Food Standards Agency - A Vision for the Future


Sir John Krebbs

After many months of delay and speculation over its role and composition, the Food Standards Agency was established on 1st April 2000.

In its first few months of existence the Agency has rarely been out of the media's attention. The BSE crisis, concerns over pesticide safety and the evidence of the beneficial effects of organic food have all been issues that the Agency has reviewed.

In the Thirteenth Annual Caroline Walker Lecture Sir John Krebs, Chairman of the Food Agency outlined his personal assessment of the performance of the Agency in its first few months. In the lecture he presents a defence of the Agency's work and its independence. With reference to BSE he illustrates the pragmatic approach adopted by the Agency.

The lecture provides a unique insight into the working of the Food Standards Agency and what to expect in the future.
 
   
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