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World Food Day: Healthy People Need Healthy Systems

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World Food Day: Healthy People Need Healthy Systems

Is it impossible to strive for sustainable ecosystems and feed the world’s 7 billion people at the same time? Are these two goals completely at odds? Not according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Today is the U.N.’s World Food Day 2013: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. The FAO uses this observance to raise awareness about global hunger, encourage cooperation between developing nations to work on finding solutions, and promote technology to increase agricultural production.

This year, World Food Day’s focus is to raise awareness about the root causes of global hunger and brainstorm sustainable solutions. Issues like biodiversity and environmental sustainability, malnutrition and hunger are pieces of a larger picture.

 Every aspect of the food system has an effect on the final availability and accessibility of diverse, nutritious foods – and therefore on consumers’ ability to choose healthy diets. What is more, policies and interventions on food systems are rarely designed with nutrition as their primary objective.

 

 

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