Giving Compass’ Take:
• As Global Citizen reports, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says reducing food waste will help people around the worlds live healthier lives (poor nutrition is a greater threat than diseases such as malaria).
• What can funders do to spread more awareness about nutrition around the world?
• Here are five ways you can reduce food waste.
Poor nutrition is a bigger public health threat than we thought, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA).
In a report released Wednesday titled “Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets,” researchers found that eating poor-quality food has become a greater health threat than malaria, tuberculosis, or measles.
Now the FOA is calling on policymakers to reduce food loss and waste to improve access to nutritious and healthy food, UN News reports.
It turns out that 1 in every 5 deaths worldwide is associated with poor-quality diets, and food waste is to blame. With over 821 million people malnourished in 2017, according to the UN, that puts a significant portion of the population at risk.
Nutritious food doesn’t end up where it should. For instance, agriculture produces 22% more vitamin A than we require, but the amount available for human consumption is 11% less than is needed a healthy diet.
Read the full article about why poor diets are such a big threat to people’s health worldwide by Erica Sanchez and Leah Rodriguez at Global Citizen.
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