Food Stories

Food is taste and nourishment. Food is family and culture. Food is science, art and religion. Food is life. The real problem is the lack of access to food in all its variety. Take Vitamin A deficiency and
GE 'Golden' rice for example. The solution is a varied and balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.

Scientists, academics, chefs and mothers confirm how a diverse diet can address nutrition problems. Enjoy and share their inspiring stories!

Chef Tatung

Farm-to-table food improves health and economy

Chef Tatung, Chef and owner of a farm-to-table restaurant in Manila, loves to cook for his clients foods revealing the richness and taste of the Philippines biodiversity.

He is also passionate about growing food and tells us how relying on fresh crops, and on local markets can be the best solution for affordable and healthy food and for a thriving economy.

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Who needs Golden Rice? Diversifying rice crops with duck and fish is key for a balanced diet.

A happy rice pond with ducks and fishes makes a healthy farmer with a sound business.

Researcher Uma Khumairoh and Professor Pablo Tittonell from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands, tell us how introducing water fern, ducks and fishes to the rice ponds can help the farmers getting a better and more diverse harvest.

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A healthy diet starts with breastfeeding, and later extends to local and seasonal foods

There is a lot of care in a healthy diet as there is in breastfeeding.

Numerous studies show the benefits of breastfeeding in children. Velvet Escario-Roxas works with Arugaan in the Philippines, to promote and support working-women in this task, and underlines the value of a local and seasonal diet for the mother and for the weaning child.

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Vitamin A needs can be addressed with natural resources – even for the poor

Which are the best foods to improve our Vitamin A intake? Professor Michael Krawinke, nutritionist from the University of Giessen, speaks about the different sources of betacarotene. Long time has passed since we were harvesting all sorts of plants, unaware of their benefits; nowadays it’s up to education and to urban-farming to help us having a more diverse diet.

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Growing food is about nutrition, knowledge, fun. And you know what you eat

The popularity of urban farming is on the rise in many countries. Suzanne Oommen of Cityplot Amsterdam has gone a long way to follow her passion, from the kitchen gardens of Kerala to the allotments in the cities of Western Europe. Here she speaks about the gentle power of growing food, and its many facets.

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Food from the forest

Real food has become scarce while the agribusiness thrives. Wayne Roberts, dedicated a whole book to the bizarre and complex reality of the world food system.

Here an extract about the indigenous people of Latin America, who are still in much closer contact with nature and therefore apply diversification as the most natural approach to nutrition.

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There is no one-size-fit-all solution to a nutrition problem

Food is much more than just nutrients; food is also culture, in all its facets. That’s why a farming model which works in a place might become the recipe for a disaster in another territory, where another culture is rooted. The Anthropologist Carol J. Pierce Colfer adds her voice to the call for diversity reporting from her field experience in Borneo.

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­A balanced meal that tastes good, is the best insurance against deficiencies

The Sociologist Harriet Friedmann explains why making sure people have access to good foods, and knowledge about how to prepare it, is the best long-term approach to prevent deficiencies. Moreover it empowers people to take care of themselves while centralization its only good for big companies. Supplements can only be a short-term support to bridge a generation to a time of access to healthy food.

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