Crime, punishment, and a junk food diet

Sydney Morning Herald 16 Nov 06
The modern diet may be to blame for the increase in violent behaviour in Western society. An American study investigating the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements on the brain is at the cutting edge of the debate on crime and punishment. The new research, conducted by the US Government’s National Institutes of Health, calls into question the very basis of criminal justice and the notion of culpability.It suggests that individuals may not always be responsible for their aggression. Together with a study in a high-security prison for young offenders in Britain, it shows that violent behaviour may be attributable at least in part to nutritional deficiencies.