The BioFach Opening Event in February 2019.
Photo: NuernbergMesse / Thomas Geiger

26.02.2019

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Western diets are not transferable to what will soon be ten billion people, for there are simply not enough water resources and spaces of arable land to support such a population. Experts discussed prospects for a sustainable and healthy nutrition style at the BioFach in Nuremburg, Germany.

At the BioFach Trade Fair for Organic Farming held in Nuremberg, Germany, in February 2019, experts discussed what nutrition options would be available under sustainable production conditions for a growing world population in the future.

The so-called Western Diet, with lots of meat and high levels of resource consumption, is establishing itself world-wide as economic development progresses. Carola Strasser of Münster University of Applied Science in Germany demonstrated this with shares of income spent on eating out. In East and Southern Africa, 15 per cent of household income is spent at canteens and on the catering trade in general. In Germany, this share is at 33 per cent, and in the USA at a hefty 50 per cent. These figures also show that private and public canteens, refectories and other facilities reach out to a considerable proportion of the population. Nutrition interventions have a significant impact on public health in this area.

According to Susanne Bügel of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, a Nordic diet comprising more fruit, more sea fish and more berries gathered in the wild would be recommendable.

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