Presentation given by Dr. Bruce Cogill at the International Horticultural Congress 2014.
The world has a historically unprecedented abundance of food, though contemporary food systems face numerous new challenges from population growth, natural resource
depletion, and rapid dietary transitions away from diverse, locally-sourced and sustainable mix of foods towards diets dominated by homogenous, highly-processed, energy-dense, and animal-source foods The alarming increase in diet and lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) alongside persistent poverty and undernutrition demands a reassessment of dietary choices, guidelines, policies and programmes.
This presentation presents 5 case studies on the contribution of diverse foods, particularly indigenous fruits and vegetables, to culturally-acceptable, cost-effective, sustainable, and nutritious diets.
Read more about our work on diet diversity for nutrition and health here: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/research-portfolio/diet-diversity/
Understanding sustainable diets - Four papers, three published in high impact peer-reviewed journals, further our understanding of sustainable diets. Find out more here: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/news/detail/understanding-sustainable-diets/