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Researchers warn of ‘hidden cost’ of Indonesian diet

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 5, 2020   /  07:17 pm
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The daily recommended intake of vegetables is between 300 and 400 grams. But Indonesians only consumed around 122 grams of vegetables per day in 2016.(Shutterstock/Ana Blazic Pavlovic)

The Indonesian diet and agricultural land use system incur “hidden” health and environmental costs associated with nutrition-related health problems and environmental degradation, researchers have suggested. Ongoing research by a member of the Food and Land Use (FOLU) Coalition found about US$62.7 billion in net hidden health and environmental costs from the food system. “There's actually as much as $62.7 billion in net hidden costs, meaning that the food we eat costs way more than what appears on our bills,” Romauli Panggabean from the FOLU Coalition and author of the study said recently. She said the $62.7 billion was the gap between the $242.8 billion contribution of the agriculture and food sectors to 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) and the $305.5 billion spending on health care, environmental mitigation and many other things that are affec...