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In or­der to feed the world’s rapidly ex­pand­ing pop­u­la­tion with healthy di­ets, the sci­en­tists said more fruit and veg­eta­bles must be pro­duced along­side a shift to plant-based pro­teins.

“We sim­ply can’t all adopt a healthy diet un­der the cur­rent global agri­cul­ture sys­tem,” said pro­fes­sor Evan Fraser of the Uni­ver­sity of Guelph, one of the study’s co-au­thors. The sci­en­tists based their re­search on Har­vard Uni­ver­sity’s “healthy eat­ing plate” guide, which rec­om­mends half of our di­ets con­sist of fruit and veg­eta­bles, a quar­ter whole grains and the re­main­ing quar­ter pro­tein, fat and dairy. They then worked out how much land is cur­rently used for farm­ing, as well as how it is cur­rently di­vided, and how much would be needed if ev­ery­one stuck to the Har­vard sys­tem.

The re­sults re­vealed a rift be­tween the ideal and the re­al­ity, with 12 serv­ings of grain be­ing pro­duced per per­son, in­stead of eight, and just five serv­ings of fruit and veg­eta­bles in­stead of the rec­om­mended 15.

Lev­els of fat and sugar pro­duc­tion were also far higher than is nec­es­sary for a healthy pop­u­la­tion.

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