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Global Food System Should Focus More On Health, Environment

Financial Times: Rising obesity in Africa reflects a broken global food system
Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation

“…The food production system must … prioritize public and planetary health over purely commercial goals. Global food policies must encourage the production of a diverse range of foods naturally rich in the vitamins and minerals people need to be healthy. … We should also rethink our approach to protein. People need protein to survive, but the main source, animal agriculture, does great harm to our planet. Yet plant-based protein alone is not the perfect answer … Therefore, our challenge is to rebalance plant and animal proteins in our diet to reduce livestock’s impact on our planet. Rising hunger and malnutrition along with declining natural resources and a warming planet threaten our existence. A global food system that is more focused on health and the environment is badly needed” (9/16).

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