Future Diets, implication for agriculture and food prices

Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Sharada Keats and Steve Wiggins
Publication Dates:
February, 2014
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In the developing world, the number of overweight and obese adults more than tripled from 1980 to 2008. One in three adults in the world is obese or overweight. Obesity, linked with overconsumption of fat and salt, is linked to the global rise in some cancers, diabetes, heart diease, and strokes. However, at the same time the under-consumption of nutritious foods, including protein an micronutrients, still effects hundreds of millions. This is especially so for children in developing nations who face a higher likelihood of undernutrition from birth and live with impaired mental and physical development. The global pattern of future diets is thus a massive public health concern, fostering overconsumption and incentivizing agricultural production of feed crops but not nutritious crops. This report examines the types of policy and projections of future needs for food that we can take to alter the current patterns and foster more nutritious trends. Click here to download a copy.

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