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Food systems must increase output in response to population growth, meet nutrition and health needs, and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An article published in the Annual Review of Public Health provided a comprehensive 12-month review of the literature on climate change, healthy diet and actions needed to improve nutrition and health.  

If consumers, the food industry, governments, and international organizations take no action, climate change will have a major impact on global food production and health as 20-30% of greenhouse gas emissions come from food production. Proper intake of nutrients is important to combat infectious diseases, reduce child mortality, and control obesity and disease. Dietary guidelines provide advice for a healthy diet, the main principles of which have already been established and are compatible with sustainable development. 

The full article is available here.

JIRCAS has set up a special site for the Online Open House with on-demand streaming of mini-lectures to be presented by research staff, aerial videos featuring agriculture and the environment in Africa, and other fun activities that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Furthermore, special mini-lectures on the food system and transboundary insect pests will be streamed live on April 17 (Sat) from 14:00 to 15:00 JST (advanced registration is required)

 

References


Colin W. Binns et al. Climate Change, Food Supply, and Dietary Guidelines, Annual Review of Public Health (2021). https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-012420… Accessed on April 12, 2021


Curtin University, Call for urgent climate change action to secure global food supply (2021, April 8) https://phys.org/news/2021-04-urgent-climate-action-global-food.html Accessed on April 12, 2021

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