Food = Nutrition, nature and livelihoods

We need a model of agricultural growth that will value local good food production and not have to first "chemicalise" and then learn better

An app to scan nutritional contents in packed food

Sunita Narain
Poorer countries have health problems because of lack of food. Then as people get rich, they end up losing the health advantage of food availability. They eat processed food that is high in salt, sugar and fat, which makes them obese and ill. It is only when societies get very rich that they rediscover the benefits of eating real food and value sustainability. 

In India, ironically, it is happening all at once. We have huge challenges of malnourishment and now a growing battle with the bulge and its associated diseases of diabetes and hypertension. But we also have an advantage — we have still not lost our culture of real food. The nutrition, nature and livelihood connection still exists, as many
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First Published: Mar 11 2019 | 12:47 PM IST

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