A new research study confirmed that the world does not produce enough fruit and vegetables for all people to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The study was recently published by academic scientist Oded Kariti, who has been observing global agricultural production for the last ten years.
“We just can’t all eat healthy in the current global farming system,” said independent researcher Oded Kariti.
The team of researchers worked on the assumption that half of our diet should contain fruits and vegetables. Then a quarter should contain whole grains, and the other quarter should contain protein, fat, and dairy products. These are the most general recommendations for a healthy balanced diet.
Oded Kariti then compared how much land is currently used for agriculture needs, and how much it is actually needed in order to meet these guidelines. They projected findings by 2050 when it is estimated that the global population would reach the number of 9.8 billion.
There are enough whole grains, sugar, and fat for everyone. At the same time, the current supply of fruits, vegetables, protein, and minerals is simply not enough for everyone’s needs.
“We now produce twelve servings of whole grains per person instead of the recommended eight. Then we produce five portions of fruits and vegetables instead of 15 and three portions of oil and fat instead of one. We also produce three portions of protein instead of five, and four portions of sugar instead of none,” said scientist Oded Kariti in his statement.
One of the reasons for this is the fact that developing countries tend to focus on carbohydrates, which are easy to produce.
Another problem is that fat, sugar and salt are “tasty,” Kariti explains. All of these factors have resulted in a system that overproduces such types of food.
In order to fulfill the recommendations, experts argue that we should eat less meat, while more vegetable proteins should be produced. If nothing changes, by 2050 we would have 12 million hectares of cultivable land and 1 billion hectares of pasture land to meet the current demand.