Not enough fruits and vegetables to feed us?

While we produce more than enough grains, fats and sugars globally, according to the U of G’s news release, fruits and vegetables, and to a smaller degree, protein, are not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the current population.

 

The findings were based on the Harvard University’s “Healthy Eating Plate” guide, which recommends that half of our diet consist of fruits and vegetables; 25 per cent, 25 per cent, whole grains; and 25 per cent, protein, fat and dairy.

 

The U of G researchers calculated how much land is currently used for farming, and how much would be needed if everyone followed the nutritional recommendations. They then projected those numbers for 2050, when the global population is expected to reach 9.8 billion.

 

They found that we now produce 12 servings of grains per person instead of the recommended eight; five servings of fruits and vegetables instead of 15; three servings of oil and fat instead of one; three servings of protein instead of five; and four servings of sugar instead of none.

 

Adopting a more nutritious diet would not only be good for us but also good for the planet, in terms of land savings. In fact, 50 million fewer hectares of arable land would be required, because fruits and vegetable take less land to grow than grain, sugar and fat.

 

Without any change, feeding 9.8 billion people will require 12 million more hectares of arable land and at least one billion more hectares of pasture land, the report’s authors said.

 

Source: https://news.uoguelph.ca/2018/10/not-enough-fruits-vegetables-grown-to-feed-the-planet-u-of-g-study-reveals/

If latest news: 
Check if it is latest news (for "Latest News" page)
Publish date: 
Friday, November 2, 2018

Click to leave a comment

CAPTCHA
For security purposes, please confirm you are not a robot!

RELATED NEWS

Food safety drives production and packaging systems

Perspectives on food safety differ in Europe compared to the United States. Shifting trends may inspire farmers to grow more protected crops rather than open field vegetables. Hydroponic lettuce is a case in point.

India announces more tariffs on U.S. apples

Worsening trade relationships result in tariffs moving from 50 to 80 per cent on American apples destined for the subcontinent. Red Delicious apples are hardest hit.

U.S. backs down on Mexican tariffs

The produce industry is relieved that threats have been cancelled to impose five per cent tariffs on Mexican goods crossing into the U.S. on June 10. The Border Trade Alliance offers some context.

U.S. fresh veg production dips to 19-year low

Inclement weather, food recalls and widening trade gaps contributed to a 19-year low in the production of fresh vegetables in the U.S. in 2018. Onions, head lettuce, romaine lettuce and tomatoes accounted for much of the decline.

McCain Foods opens DC in Idaho

The world’s largest potato processor needs another 10,000 to 15,000 acres of potatoes to keep its expanded distribution centre humming in Burley, Idaho.