On October 16th, the world celebrated World Food Day with the theme being “Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World.” This year, UNICEF released the report, “The Changing Face of Malnutrition: The State of the World’s Children 2019,” which looks at what children are eating and the lack of healthy diets worldwide. While many may associate malnutrition with being underweight, it also includes being overweight or obese. Obesity is a health issue, which has been growing at an alarming rate. According to the 2019 report, at least half of all children under five years old lack essential nutrients in their diets.
As we rethink what it means to have a healthy diet, we should also be thinking about the health of our soil. Healthy diets consist of wholesome, diverse and non-processed foods, which provide a variety of nutrients. Nutrients come from the soil. Healthy soil is supported by a healthy balance of microbes and organic matter, which in turn creates healthy crops. They are all interconnected.
By supporting sustainable agriculture and lifestyles in harmony with Nature, we can contribute to healthier, more nutrient-dense diets. This includes eating more seasonal and local fruits and vegetables, which are grown with natural seeds and without the use of harmful chemicals on the soil.
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