NOT ENOUGH FRUIT AND
VEGGIES IN THE WORLD
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.