A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Posted 11:34 PM by Luigi
Eight Pacific Island Nations Head "Fattest Countries" List
From Forbes.com, thanks to Dr Lois Englberger for alerting us to the article.
World Health Organization research has disclosed that Pacific Island nations dominate a list of countries with the greatest percentage of overweight people, reports Forbes.com.
Nauru tops the list with the greatest percentage of overweight people at 94.5 percent of its population. It is followed by the Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Palau, Kuwait, the United States and Kiribati in the top 10.
Experts blame the trend on urbanization and the influx of Western ways of life such as fast food, little exercise and stressful jobs.
"Modernization is causing countries with small populations and few resources to depend on imported, often over-processed food. The Western diet overwhelms, and many people are not genetically engineered to cope with this," says Neville Rigby of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.
Studies conducted by the WHO Western Pacific regional office and by the International Obesity Task Force, a London-based think tank, also point to several other factors they say contribute to the Pacific Island region’s high obesity rates. These include the common belief that beauty is marked by a large physical size, the reliance on fatty, nutrient-deficient imported foods and a decrease in activity caused by less farming and agricultural work.
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