Eating Planet Book Launch (06/28/2012)
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition in collaboration with the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project launched Eating Planet – Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet at an event in New York City on 28/6/12.
The book highlights the challenges facing today’s Eating Planet, as well as the myriad of benefits that reform could bring.
“The book’s conclusions represent a major step toward ensuring that agriculture contributes to health, environmental sustainability, income generation, and food security,” said Paolo Barilla, Vice President of the Barilla Group. “The ingredients will vary by country and region, but there are some key components that will lead to healthier food systems everywhere.
Worldwide, 30 percent of food is wasted, 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night while another 1 billion suffer from health problems related to obesity, and agriculture contributes to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Reversing these trends will require a more holistic approach to agriculture and more investment in agro-ecological practices.
“What we all need is more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins for good nutrition,” said Nierenberg. “Until those foods are the focus of agricultural systems all around the world, both sides of the malnutrition coin—hunger and obesity—are likely to persist.”
Eating Planet is divided into four sections:
1) Food for All
2) Food for Sustainable Growth,
3 ) Food for Health
4) Food for Culture
Each of the sections ends with concrete recommendations, proposals, and actions that need to be taken to solve the global food crisis.