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Not Enough Fruits, Vegetables To Feed The Planet: Study

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (ANI): As a part of a recent study, researchers compared global agricultural production with nutritionists' consumption recommendations and found a drastic mismatch. The study is published in the journal PLOS ONE. Results show that the global system currently overproduces grains, fats, and sugar, while production of fruits and vegetables and, to a smaller degree, protein is not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the current population. Researchers calculated how much land is currently used for farming and how much would be needed if everyone followed the nutritional recommendations."What we are producing at a global level is not what we should be producing according to nutritionists," said Fraser author of the study. Krishna KC, the co-author of the study, said, "Also fat, sugar, and salt are tasty and are what we humans crave, so we have a real hunger for these foods. All of these factors combined have resulted in a world system that is really overproducing these types of foods. The study suggested that adopting a more nutritious diet is not only good for us but also good for the planet. The researchers also found that shifting production to match nutritional dietary guidelines would require 50 million fewer hectares of arable land because fruits and vegetables take less land to grow than grain, sugar and fat.

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