Allergies and autoimmune disorders are increasing in incidence worldwide, especially among the urban poor. Analysis of the interrelated biological and social implications of such increases suggests that changes in food production, transport and consumption taking place throughout the world may be contributing to immune disorders, particularly through changes in "oral tolerance". Given the impact that changes in people's diets may be having on human health, understanding the interaction between the immune system and food has become extremely salient, even urgent.
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|Published - 1997
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics