Sustainable Nutrition for Sustainable Living

The World Food Security and Nutrition Status 2018 report shows that; While 1 out of every 9 people is struggling with hunger, nearly 2 billion people are fed more than they need. When we reach the 2050s, 300 million people in the world will continue to struggle with hunger. Insufficient resources, waste of food and failure to ensure fair distribution will further exacerbate the ongoing hunger.

Do you know? One third of the total food produced does not reach the table. For a more livable world, FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) launched the “zero waste, zero hunger” project. Within the scope of this project, awareness of sustainable nutrition has increased considerably.

What we call sustainable nutrition; It is a nutritious, safe, healthy, eco-protective, accessible, fair and economically accessible diet. The most suitable model for the described sustainable diet is the Mediterranean type of diet.

What is the importance of sustainable agriculture?

A healthy life is not possible in clean and unsuitable environmental conditions. Therefore, it is important to protect natural resources for the continuity of present and future life. The current agricultural model shows us that; Soil areas shrink and greenhouse gas emissions increase. As a result, biodiversity decreases and climate change occurs with the pollution of water resources.

While 500 liters of water is spent for 1 kilogram of grain to reach our table, 15 thousand liters of water is spent for 1 kilogram of meat. With the increase in the world population, the need for water and food continues to increase, and unlike the increasing population, our resources continue to disappear!

What can we do for sustainable nutrition?

* Eat enough and balanced nutrition.

  • Choose vegetable protein sources over animal-derived proteins.

  • Consume at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruits a day

  • Pay attention to the frequency of consumption of packaged foods.

  • Increase your consumption of legumes, whole grains and oilseeds.

  • Choose fish caught (in season) from sustainable fishing.

  • Consume local foods.

  • Make sure to shop from local manufacturers.

  • Maintain your ideal body weight.

  • Reduce your consumption of processed meat products and animal fats, especially red meat.

  • Store the foods you buy in the right and appropriate conditions.

  • Don’t waste any food. Remember that “zero waste means zero hunger”.

  • Try to evaluate the juice, stem and leaves of the food.

  • Reduce your use of packaging, bags and plastics.

  • Choose products that can be used repeatedly and that do not harm the environment, as well as recyclable.

  • Reduce waste and increase food literacy.

  • Do your shopping yourself, buy as much as you need, don’t choose foods according to their shape.

  • Consume as much as you need and evaluate your leftover meals.

Remember, sharing fairly and reducing waste is also nurturing our future. Nurturing our future is our shared responsibility. Please take up your shared responsibility. Adopt and adopt the idea of ​​”zero waste, zero hunger”. This world is all ours..

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