09 April 2021
Fruit and vegetables keep us healthy and add variety, taste and texture to our diets.
Fruit and vegetables are worth more than their price.
Even if you eat rice or bread every day, you probably vary the types of fruit and vegetables
And a monotonous diet is not only unhealthy for humans: it is also unhealthy for the planet because it can result in monocultures and a loss of biodiversity.
Yet most of us do not eat enough fruit and vegetables. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consuming at least 400 g each day to reap their health and nutrition benefits.
In 2017, some 3.9 million deaths worldwide were attributable to not eating enough fruit and vegetables.
Insufficient intake of fruit and vegetables is estimated to cause around 14 percent of deaths from gastro-intestinal cancer worldwide,about 11 percent of those due to ischemic heart disease, and about
9 percent of those caused by stroke.
Maintaining their quality and ensuring their safety across the supply chain, from production to consumption, reduces losses and waste and increases their availability for consumption.
Respect food from farm to table and in the international year of fruit and vegetables, what will you do to increase your intake?
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