Friday, January 22, 2010

Nutrition and The Environment :Tackling malnutrition with traditional knowledge

This report highlights the links between environmental change and malnutrition, and argues that traditional knowledge can guide sustainable solutions. Environmental changes which include overpopulation, loss of biodiversity, climate change, urbanisation and higher pesticide use often increase malnutrition. Reduced access to bioresources can cause a lack of protein and micronutrient deficiencies. Furthermore, a growing reliance on processed foods or a narrow species base similarly reduces nutrient intake and increases the risk of infectious disease. And environmental contamination through industrial and agricultural chemicals can compromise people's nutritional status either directly or through changes in diet. For more visit

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