Forest food for all

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Adequate nutrition is a significant concern for public health worldwide.
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March 21, 2023
Category : General news

Urbanization, economic development, and increased wealth are associated with the nutrition transition –  a shift from traditional diets to an increased consumption of animal products and processed foods that are high in sugar and trans-fat. Poor nutrition increases our risk for infectious and non-communicable diseases.  
The current global food system not only fails to provide sufficient and nutritious food to all but also depletes the Earth's resources. To address this issue, we must recognize that forests are a part of the solution. They provide nutritious food for millions of people around the world, income for food security, ecosystem services for food production, and add resilience to food systems. 
Health benefits 
Forest foods, such as nuts and seeds, are low in fat and high in protein and complex carbohydrates. They can increase the diversity of our gut microbiome, which is beneficial for overall health.  
Social and economic benefits 
For many rural populations, forest food is a critical part of the diet and a way to improve their economic and social wellbeing.  
Environmental benefits 
Forest foods are often sourced seasonally, following the natural forest cycle, and without intensive cultivation. 
By taking care of forests, we can improve our access to healthy, nutritious food while also protecting the environment. 

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