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Permaculture and Public Health: Mitigation of the Lifestyle Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Through the Establishment of Permaculture Edible Forest Gardens

By Brett Christopher Lehner

Abstract

Over the past thirty years, the incidence of type 2 diabetes and obesity has greatly increased in the United States. This paper compares the living environment of hunter-gathers to that of modern humans, in diet and activity levels, and discusses the recent increase of type 2 diabetes as a \u27disease of civilization\u27. To address these changes in dietary composition and activity levels, an alternative agricultural model, permaculture edible forest gardening, is proposed. Permaculture edible forest gardening is an agricultural model which mimics natural ecosystem structure while consisting of entirely edible, perennial plant species. Permaculture edible forest gardens can potentially play a role in the mitigation of the diet and activity level related risk factors for type 2 diabetes

Topics: Type 2 Diabetes, permaculture, edible forest garden, disease of civilization, Other Medicine and Health Sciences, Other Public Health, Public Health
Publisher: OpenCommons@UConn
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:opencommons.uconn.edu:srhonors_theses-1284

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