Food Tank has
compiled a list of indigenous fruits, vegetables, and grains from across
the globe, which may improve health while contributing to environmental
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), just twelve crops provide 75 percent
of the world’s food. Three of these crops, rice, maize, and wheat
contribute to nearly 60 percent of the protein and calories obtained by
humans from plants. Since the beginning of the 20th century, some 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost.
Restoring interest and investment in indigenous crops may offer a
solution to food insecurity and the increasing loss of
biodiversity. Some traditional plant varieties can help improve
nutrition and health, improve local economies, create resilience to
climate change, revitalize agricultural biodiversity, and help preserve
tradition and culture.
Did you know that mountains are home to 12% of the human population and cover approximately one-quarter of the world’s surface? Or that some of the world’s largest cities, including New York, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Tokyo and Melbourne, are dependent on freshwater from mountains?
Take a look at this animated video from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to see how mountains are the key to the sustainable future we want: http://j.mp/1czvl31
FAO Study Shows Cross-Benefits Between School Feeding Programmes and Family Farming
A newly-published FAO study conducted in Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru shows numerous benefits of implementing school feeding.
According to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, “This is a triple-win approach: it secures quality food for students of public schools, promotes consumption of fresh and healthy food, and opens new markets and the possibility of higher incomes for family farmers while boosting local development.”
The full report, “A Panorama of School Feeding and the Possibilities for Direct Purchases from Family Farming - Case Studies in Eight Countries” is available for free download in Spanish.
This area is a vast dried-out mudflat area that was a former particularly nasty minefield on the coast of Iraq. You can still see reams of barbed wire in the background of this photo that were part of the minefield defenses.