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A presention given by Jessica Fanzo, Senior Nutritionist at a meeting in St. Petersburg. The meeting marked the end of a research project "Promoting the use and conservation of berry fruits for health ...

A presention given by Jessica Fanzo, Senior Nutritionist at a meeting in St. Petersburg. The meeting marked the end of a research project "Promoting the use and conservation of berry fruits for health diets in Russia: The strategic value of the Vavilov Institute and its germplasm collections Statement for policy makers and public policy in Russia". Read more about Bioversity International’s work on diet diversity for nutrition and health
http://www.bioversityinternational.org/research-portfolio/diet-diversity/

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  • Diet diversity interventions and food approachesSustainable management of environmental resources for food productionActions to address overnutrition and non-communicable disease riskNutrition-sensitive interventions in other sectors, such as agriculture
  • Agricultural extension services promoting better crop diversity and biodiversity for improved nutrition; Integrated agro-forestry systems that reduce deforestation and promote the sustainable exploitation of nutrient-rich non-wood forest products; Integrated farming systems exploiting the synergies of horticulture, aquaculture and small livestock rearing to reduce waste and expenses on agricultural inputs and increase food production diversity; Improved household food production and livelihoods (i.e. diversification of household food production for self-consumption, to improve the nutritional quality of the family diet).
  • Pertains to the biological variety exhibited among crops and animals used for food and agriculture as well as among organisms that constitute agricultural ecosystems at ecosystem, species, and genetic levels
  • Finland abounds with wild berries. The annual harvest of wild berries in Finland has been estimated at more than 50 million kilograms (110 million lb)-more than ten kilograms (22 lb) per Finn. Approximately 50 different species can be found in Finland in all kinds of environments from rocky seashores to swamps and forests. Of all the different species of wild berries in Finland, roughly 20 are edible. The best known and most valuable are lingonberry, bilberry, cloudberry, and buckthorn berry. The most commonly traded of the wild berries is the lingonberry. Anthocyanins are a group of phytochemicals that give berries their red color. Anthocyanins inhibit growth of lung, colon and leukemia cancer cells without affecting growth of healthy cells in lab studies.Ellagic acid is a phytochemical found in virtually all berries. Ellagic acid also blocks metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer. In animals, it has inhibited development of colon, esophageal, liver, lung and skin cancers stemming from a variety of carcinogens.Pterostilbene is an antioxidant phytochemical that affects metabolic processes to decrease development of both cancer and heart disease. Blueberries are an excellent source of this relative of the health-promoting resveratrol that is found in grapes and red wine.

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