The World Needs More Fruits And Vegetables

But we don't have the capacity to grow as much as we need.

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD
Feb 11, 2019

Most dietitians agree that a healthier global diet would include people eating more fruits and vegetables. Just one problem with dishing out this advice: The world’s agricultural system does not grow enough fruits and vegetables to adequately feed a rising global population, according to Canadian-led research published in the journal PLOS ONE. Humans overproduce grains, sugars and fats at the expense of fruits and vegetables, which makes it nearly impossible for everyone to follow dietary guidelines.

The study authors also stressed that a concerted effort by farmers to grow more fruits and vegetables should go hand in hand with reducing livestock production, to limit the agricultural sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. But if we want to boost broccoli and apple production, then we’ll also need better food distribution methods—to reduce the serious global problem of perishable-food waste.


Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

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