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Japan's Dietary Transition and Its Impacts
In a little more than a century, the Japanese diet has undergone a dramatic transformation. In 1900, a plant-based, near-subsistence diet was prevalent, with virtually no consumption of animal protein. By the beginning of the twenty-first century, Japan's consumption of meat, fish, and dairy had increased markedly (although it remained below that of high-income Western ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by MIT Press (MA)
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 14, 2014 JPP Smorenburg rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
A thorough report on Japan's dietary transition in the last 100 years from a pre industrial diet to today's much changed and varied diet. Fascinating changes but still profound differences with the Western diet especially in average per capita intake. The impact on the longevity and health of Japanese, and on the environment is analysed with the help of the excellent Japanese records. Comparisons with other affluent countries are made, and an outlook on the next twenty to thirty years in ...more
Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy.
He has published 35 books and more than 400 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy), and the ...more