Unbalanced nutrition

An editorial in a recent Science magazine publication (1 August 2014: page 491) entitled "Zero-hunger" concludes that "Commercial farming tends to promote market-driven monoculture of food crops, in which prioritizing nutrient needs is generally absent.>>

Without mainstreaming nutritional criteria in large-scale agricultural cropping and farming systems, the prospect for meeting the UN's Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025 will be dim". In the developed world, and increasingly across the globe, we are consuming ever-more calories. Moreover, we are shifting habits to calorie-rich, nutrient deficient diets. A case in point is soft drinks. For example, bottled non-alcoholic, sucrose-rich drink consumption in Britain is almost three times the level of the 1970s. The same trend is practiced almost everywhere you look. In the developed and fast-developing world, >1billion people are either overweight or obese and consume too many calories and discard on average almost half their food, whereas, at the other end of the scale, almost a billion people suffer from chronic hunger! This imbalance is mirrored in the distribution of resources and income and provides a grim outlook for a vast proportion of humanity. At Forrest we believe that the technology that the world has and will continue to develop can overcome these discrepancies in the distribution of resources and opportunity.

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