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Food for thought: A spoonful of nature

  • Cristina Eghenter

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 16, 2019   /  11:08 am
Food for thought: A spoonful of nature Nowadays, 75 percent of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species. The reduced diversity of food crops results in the loss of resilience of agricultural ecosystems. We also lose nutritional quality and benefits for human health and risk the disappearing of local wisdom and traditional knowledge linked to agricultural and food practices of local and Indigenous communities. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

To what extent do we realize the severity of the impact of our current food system on nature? And not only on nature. The expanding global demand for food makes the agricultural sector a significant cause of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss globally, including in Indonesia. In pursuit of higher crop yields, we are eating up our nature and biodiversity. At the same time, we place economic burdens on small-scale farmers, contribute to the weakening of local food systems and the erosion of local wisdom. We perpetuate food inequity with high waste and overconsumption on the one hand, and poor nutrition and food vulnerability on the other. The official United Nations theme for this year World Food Day is “Healthy diets for zero hunger world”. Beyond food security and good nutrition, healthy diets can also help lower the carbon footprint of the current food sys...

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