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World News: The food systems of the future must provide healthy and sustainable diets for all June 11,2019   |  Source: FAO

The food systems of the future must deliver healthy and quality food for all whilst preserving the environment, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today as he called for a transformation of food systems to improve people's diets. Graziano da Silva spoke at the opening of the international symposium The Future of Food (10-11 June) in Rome, which brings together academics, researchers, policymakers, representatives from civil society and the private sector, parliamentarians and government agencies.

"We need to change our focus from producing more food to producing more healthy food," the FAO chief said. In fact, hunger is no longer the only major nutrition problem facing humanity. Currently over 2 billion adults aged 18 or more are overweight, of which more than 670 million are obese. Moreover, the increase in the prevalence of obesity between 2000 and 2016 has been faster than that of overweight at all age levels. Also, nearly 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

Projections estimate that the number of obese people in the world will very soon overtake the number of people suffering from hunger, which currently accounts for about 820 million. There are several underlying factors driving the global pandemic of obesity and micronutrient


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