There has been for quite some time a big communications campaign in France promoting eating at least five fruits and vegetables a day. While this might sound hard, it is actually very easy once you have gotten some key healthy habits.
Obesity is the hidden elephant in the room. To a new study released by McKinsey, this costs two trillion dollars a year as 2.1 billion people globally are either overweight or obese. This is an epidemic, no less.
We have read and heard it time and again : our cars make us fat. All that time spent behind the wheel is just killing us. But is is really true or is it just a white (or green) lie from treehuggers ?
While browsing the various sources I follow on Tumblr, I found an article that quite caught my attention : 7 insects you’ll be eating in the future. The article explains the nutritional values of bugs and how some experts believe we’ll have to resort to this.
While I am fully aware that people from several regions of the world do eat insects – caterpillars in Africa, grasshoppers in Mexico… – I am not quite sure that most people from the Western world would eat such kinds of food.
Neither am I sure that we actually would have to resort to this to feed ourselves. Solving some of our more urgent problems would have much bigger impact.
Thanks to my good friend Daryl from Verda Vivo – a must read blog – I came accross another worrying fact: the amount of hungry people around the world is increasing and to the FAO will reach a historic level with a billion people in 2009.
I already blogged last year about this very topic and the situation has only worsened since then. This occurs as TreeHugger and the Financial Times are both thinking we are going toward another global food crisis.
This occurs as over a billion people are overfed and an additional 300 million people are literally obese. Could the food please go to the other tables ? This would make sense and social justice.
For the fifth part of these series – see the previous articles on heating, electricity, water and transport – I would like to tackle food in general. This is an important issue for both the health and the environment.
At a time where weight issues keep on increasing – to the World Health Organization, there are globally over a billion people overweight and 300 million obeses – food is becoming an environmental issue because of climate change.
This is important as to the International Panel on Climate Change, agriculture accounts for a fifth of global greenhouse gases emissions.
These are the conclusions of a recent study carried out by two specialists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
This was the topic of an interesting article my dad sent me on how obesity is bad for climate change. That’s right, on top of endangering the patient itself, obesity endangers the whole planet.
Indeed this medical condition means that more food is produced to answer the demand as well as more greenhouse gases emissions as cars are more used.