It’s Fall at Friedman

Fall is fully upon us here at the Friedman School! October brings changing colors on the Common, bulky sweaters, hot drinks, and cool weather (finally!). It’s hard to believe that midterms are right around the corner. Fortunately, the Sprout is a welcome distraction from the busy semester. You’re welcome!

In this issue, Sam Jones reminisces about her summer as an inferior species working as a ranch hand in Fort Collins, Colorado. (Who knew a rooster could be such a formidable competitor in a showdown between woman and beast?) Rebecca Lucas and Emmy Moore also look back on their summer trip to UNLEASH Global Innovation Lab in Denmark, and discuss the immense challenge of solving world hunger in just ten days.

Next up, Kathleen Nay reports on September 20’s Land Justice book tour, and reflects on our responsibility as policy professionals to acknowledge inequities in land access and ownership. Meanwhile, Hannah Meier also contemplates the role of nutrition and public health experts in advising on how to navigate everyone’s favorite sugar-laden holiday: Halloween.

Please welcome Erin Child, Friedman Sprout's new social media editor!
Please welcome Erin Child, Friedman Sprout’s new social media editor!

Hungry, but forgot your lunch? This month, Erin Child scopes out the ten best lunch spots within walking distance of Jaharis. Speaking of lunch, Eliot Martin introduces us to bánh xèo, a Vietnamese dish that evokes the tastes, textures, and smells of Mekong Delta cuisine.

Finally, Ayten Salahi holds down our science corner with her examination of a new study on gut microbiota and early childhood development.

Before we leave you to your reading, introductions are in order! We welcome Erin Child to the team as Friedman Sprout‘s new social media editor. As a NICBC student and frequent Sprout contributor, Erin is excited about bringing our Twitter (@friedmansprout) back to life and promoting our writers at @Tufts_Nutrition, official Instagram of the Friedman School. Follow us on Facebook too! Look for Erin’s posts at a social platform near you.

And with that, happy Fall and happy reading!

Kathleen & Hannah

In this issue…

My Summer as an Inferior Species

by Sam Jones

Farming is hard, especially when animals are involved. Sam Jones recounts her time working on a chicken and pig farm in Colorado where only the fearless survive.


Do We Need More Business, or Better Business, to Feed a Growing Population?

by Rebecca Lucas and Emmy Moore

To create a world that can feed 9 billion people by 2030 while providing clean water access, ensuring equal access to education across gender, and supporting renewable and safe energy, do we need to establish new and profitable business models? Or do we simply need to adjust business as usual?


On the Present Past and the Struggle for Land Justice

by Kathleen Nay

On Wednesday, September 20th, Grassroots International hosted a reading and panel discussion with authors of a new book from Food First, entitled Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons at the Tufts Health Sciences Campus. The event was co-sponsored in part by the Tufts Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy (UEP) program, Friedman Justice League, and Friedman Student Council. Kathleen Nay reflects on what she learned.



by Hannah Meier

Dressing up, carving pumpkins, ringing doorbells, staying up late, gorging on candy. Halloween traditions are well-beloved in the United States, and reminisced upon fondly by even the most educated nutrition students in the Boston area. But with sugar in the spotlight of contemporary public health interventions, is it time to reconsider our chocolate-coated hallows ‘eve habit?


Ten Spots to Try Next Time You Forget Your Lunch

by Erin Child

Forgot your lunch? Too busy to cook? Consider grabbing a friend (or five) and trying out one of these ten eateries near campus. Compiled from a quick survey (a big thanks to the fifteen students who responded!), I’ve got recommendations for holes-in-the-wall that you’ve probably walked by already, hidden gems, and local & national chains with healthy lunch options. Though numbered, this list isn’t meant to be a ranking. Walking times are measured from Jaharis. Cheers & happy eating!


A Taste of Cooking in the Mekong Delta

by Eliot Martin

I’ve found that really good Vietnamese food is unfortunately difficult to find in the U.S. For that matter, Vietnam as a whole seems to be misunderstood by many. While the best solution would be to spend some quality time in Vietnam—something I would recommend to anyone—you can whet your appetite without going halfway around the world. Get a taste of Vietnam through my experience with bánh xèo.


Gut Microbiota and the Developing Child

by Ayten Salahi

Undernutrition poses a formidable threat to the health and life trajectory of children around the world. A new study examines the role of gut microbiota in modulating nutritional status and early life development, and sheds light on bacterial transplants as a potential new method to tackle this longstanding challenge.


The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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