Rural System's

The Environment and Health Group

"The promise of business is to increase the general well-being of humankind through service, a creative invention and ethical philosophy." Hawken 1993:1

"We do not believe that health promotion rests solely as the responsibility of health workers. Since health is a confluence of the social, environmental, political, and economic realities that we face, all of us have a part in ensuring the health of the community."
Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, Deputy Director of Outreach and Programs for the New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health, founder and co-chair of the Kalusugan Coalition. Read the full interview at

Read the May, 2009 report Hard Times in the Heartland re rural health.

Following discussions and correspondence with Mrs. Dawna Clephas, a member of the Craig County, Virginia, school board, we have developed a concept of a subsystem of Rural System. It is called "the Environment and Health Group" and the name does not denote clearly its role within Rural System the objectives of which are :

We know that health, even in the medical world, has never been easily defined. Some say it is a failed pursuit, peculiar conference-speak rather than an effort to embrace the precision of modern science. Ecologists and foresters now use the word extensively. Leopold used it in his oft-quoted book, Sand County Almanac. The word entered the urgency of the 1992 Rio Conference on the Environment and Development (Frid 2003:429). A textbook about tree insects and diseases became called one on forest health. Legislation is now similarly named, disguised thinning of forests and reducing forest fire fuels. Ecologists have similarly concentrated on ecosystem health. We reluctantly use health in our title for a proposed enterprise, a subsystem within Rural System. It will probably become a code word for an enterprise that operates first out of Craig County, Virginia (and then franchised) to achieve the following objectives:

The demands are great and the needs are real, not mere "wants" of a few people.

To achieve these objectives, we imagine a comprehensive unifying human nutritional health system with components of:

...being developed in and for that county, integrated with the school system, making it nationally known and a prototype having:

"Business people must … dedicate themselves to transforming commerce to a restorative undertaking..." Hawken 1993:2

See Marine functional food 2009 ? 176 pages ? ?? hardback ? ISBN-13: 978-90-8686-078-4 ? ? 60 ? US$ 89 br> edited by: J.B. Luten

...The book then concentrates on factors related to consumers' attitudes, knowledge and awareness of functional foods. There are variations in types of carrier products and of demographic and cross-cultural factors in acceptance of functional foods. Finally, the book discusses challenges for small and medium enterprises to commercialise healthy nutrition. Variations in characteristics, capabilities, challenges and opportunities in the marketplace are presented using a Nordic study as reference.

For table of contents see:

Wageningen Academic Publishers, P.O. Box 220, 6700 AE Wageningen, The Netherlands phone: +31 317 476516,

See Science and Environmental Health Network

Dr. Larry Brilliant (Google Foundation) describes : "The climate crisis is predicted to contribute to a doubling of the number of people without adequate food and water, with the highest burden on the most vulnerable amongst us. This makes it the greatest health crisis of all time."

See our main notes on rural health , on Human Health , and the Challenge.

See new (February, 2009) Virginia Tech Nutrition blog site

Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .


Rural System
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
January 13, 2008