Three planets to feed one! In less than forty years, it will take three planets to meet the food needs of the world's population.He is about to end up run over, his mother saves him
Three planets to feed one! In less than forty years, it will take three planets to meet the food needs of the world's population.
The reason? We consume too much, we waste a lot and food is no longer enough for everyone.
Within a few decades we arrived at consume much more than the world agricultural system can produce and - if current trends do not change - in 2050, the food available on Earth it will not be enough to feed even a third of the world population.
But the fault is especially of waste: just think that every year 1,3 billion tons of food goes to the trash!
To reveal it is the fourth International forum promoted by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (Bcfn), where Lester Brown, the founder and president of Earth Policy Institute (Usa), pointed out that the 70% of the water present on the planet it is used not for drinking, but for producing.
“I am an“ opti-pessimist ”- declared Claude Fischler, director of CNRS research as well as director of the French center Edgar Morin - I fear the worst, I hope the best. Low-priced food spread is fine, but if it's made up of empty calories only, that's no good. And it is the poorest and the developing countries who, with greater obesity, consume bags of ready-made products, fatty and unhealthy meals. In the past, people ate only in groups and the meal was a convivial ritual. Today in the United States, according to Times News, 70% of meals are consumed alone, and this is a factor of anxiety, it speeds up the act of eating but feeds waste ”.
“Many processed foods - added Antonia Trichopoulou, WHO director and nutritionist at the University of Athens - are excessively processed and the production is not local; the nutritional quality is also not optimal. Using new technologies is fine to build a sustainable agri-food chain, but a share of 20% -30% of local food should be consumed in order not to lose biodiversity ".
According to what emerges from the study presented at the forum, therefore, the phenomena ofobesity and the waste of food they are closely related to the fast pace of modern life, which leads to eating products ready, packaged or pre-cooked, of poor nutritional value and often of poor quality.
How to solve the problem? The question is naturally complex, but one healthy civics and food, capable of teach children the origin of food and its importance, combined with the rediscovery of some traditional values, such as the meal eaten all together around a table (especially at dinner when there is time), would allow - in all probability - to reverse the course and resize severity of future scenarios.
In short, that's enough turn around and take a step back in time, to rediscover the value of food, not only as a food in itself, but also as a product of the work of man and nature, an element of sharing, participation and belonging to a territory and its typical features.