Sustainable Diets Around the Globe: New Book

By Samantha Bandasack for

There are thousands of diets in the world designed to help individuals lose weight. Some diets go as far as depriving the body of nutrients, which seems crazy when roughly two billion people in the world have no resources for food, much less the free will to starve.

As reported by VOANews, the Food and Agriculture Organization and Bioversity International,Rome-based international organizations, have just published Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity. A sustainable diet protects human and plant health, and the book urges action to improve the quality of diets for nations and poor diets that are linked to non-transmittable disease.

Non-communicable diseases are illnesses that aren’t contagious but do infect a massive amount of people. A person’s lifestyle, genetics, or environment are known to cause certain illnesses that aren’t contagious. Examples of non-communicable diseases are diabetes, cancers, respiratory health problems, osteoporosis, heart disease, cataracts, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Following a sustainable diet can help maintain a healthy life and fight non-transmissible diseases. This is more than just filling the stomachs of those who are starving. According to Bruce Cogill, program leader for nutrition and marketing diversity at Bioversity International, “What we’re doing in pointing out the issue of quality is that we don’t want to see a world where just calories are the focus of hunger programs. What the book does is look at diets from the point of view of meeting nutrient requirements.”

For a diet to be sustainable it must meet a standard, which Cogill defines as considering the environmental cost of a diet. Sustainable diets aren’t identical for every country because of barriers that permit people having access to the same types of food. Animal source is basically any type of animal familiar to citizens of a particular geographical region. For example, Americans animal source from cows, chickens, and pigs. Other countries animal source from lamb, fish, or boar.

Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity does not target developing nations’ diets, but the diet can be applied to cities of developed countries. Developed nations have the highest level of obesity rates. Obesity causes a host of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Increasing rates of globalization and foreign direct investment are raising income levels of developing countries. Citizens of developing nations can afford to buy food rich in fat and sugar, which are factors of an unhealthy diet.

There is no doubt something must be done to help end global starvation, obesity rates, and illnesses. Can a sustainable diet be the answer to the problems?

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Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Sounds like an interesting book.

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

eusebio vestias
Eusebio vestias5 years ago

é tempo dos seres humanos acordarem para a sustentabilidade do abastecimento de alimentos e da demanda comportamentos saudaveis

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

It is time the world wakes up to the sustainability of food supply and demand. Studies are very scary- that in a few decades, there may not be enough food to feed the growing population of the world. Obesity is a result of life in the fast lane and instant gratification. The youth of today need to be prepared to face the food problems of tomorrow, learn healthy diet and lifestyle.
The culture of growing your food shoud be promoted everywhere. Great book.

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 years ago


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John Zocco
John Zocco5 years ago

This sounds like an interesting book. I would be interested in a review of it.

Marianne B.
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Megan S.
Megan S5 years ago

Forage for your food!