For 25 years, DSM’s not-for-profit nutrition think tank Sight and Life has been championing the battle against micronutrient deficiencies (hidden hunger) among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.
To mark the quarter-centenary of its foundation, Sight and Life is publishing a book entitled Micronutrients, Macro Impact: The story of vitamins and a hungry world.
The publication of this book coincides with the 100th anniversary of the creation of the word ‘vitamine’ by Casimir Funk and the accompanying recognition of the vital role that vitamins play in human health and development.
Micronutrients, Macro Impact recounts the first quarter-century of Sight and Life’s existence. Drawing on documentary evidence as well as recent interviews with leading thinkers in the micronutrient arena, it explains the vital importance of micronutrients and makes a powerful plea for using these vital substances to help build healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable societies.
On 10 February, Micronutrients, Macro Impact will be officially launched at the global Headquarters of DSM Nutritional Products in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland. The text was developed by The Corporate Story from 2008-11 under the direction of Klaus Kraemer, Director, Sight and Life, and is a publication of Sight and Life Press.
Jonathan Steffen will be chairing a panel discussion at the launch, whose speakers will include Stephan Tanda, Managing Board member with responsibility for DSM’s Nutrition activities: Martin Bloem, Chief of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS, UN World Food Programme; Keith West, George G. Graham Professor of Infant and Child Nutrition at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Klaus Kraemer, Director, Sight and Life.
Jacoline van Blokland, Head Global HR, DSM will introduce the event and Jane Badham, Managing Director, JB Consultancy, will launch the ‘Two Dollars a Day’ diet campaign.
Manfred Eggersdorfer, SVP Nutrition Science and Advocacy, DSM will conclude the event by launching 2012 as the Year of Vitamins.
The book launch will be followed by a mini-symposium on Micronutrients: From the Past to the Future with participants from Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Groupe de Recherche et d‘Echange Technologique (GRET), the Universities of Hohenheim, Newcastle & Ulster, and Vitamin Angels, as well as DSM, Sight and Life and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
For more information, please visit www.sightandlife.org