Trinity of Pandemics:
Climate Change, Obesity & Malnutrition.
We all know that Globalization is endangering the planet, the biosphere & the Human occupants.
Obesity may seem like the opposite of under-nutrition, but they’re deeply intertwined biologically and socioeconomically. Kids who don’t get enough to eat when they’re young are at risk for obesity later in life, and those kids tend to live in numerous lower- and middle-income nations where food security is an issue. Paradoxically, people in places that have mild to moderate food insecurity are actually at high risk of obesity.
And what’s threatening food security? Climate change is a significant factor. Especially in less wealthy countries, climate change is causing “crop failures, reduced food production, extreme weather events that produce droughts and flooding, increased food-borne and other infectious diseases, and civil unrest,”
And as countries develop, they shift toward urbanisation and all the obesity-inducing, greenhouse gas-emitting activities that go along with it: driving cars, being sedentary, and starting to eat more “ultra-processed food and beverage products and beef and dairy products,” which emit tons of greenhouse gases into the air.
Addressing malnutrition, in general, requires shifting worldwide eating habits toward a healthier diet: Doing so would mitigate obesity for obvious reasons, and it would address under-nutrition because those diets are healthier and more accessible.
Most importantly, it would help curb climate change since growing plants emits fewer greenhouse gases than meat, dairy, and processed food.
However, efforts to include environmental sustainability principles within their dietary guidelines failed due to pressure from strong food industry lobbies, especially the beef, dairy, sugar, and ultra-processed food and beverage industry sectors,”
Coca-Cola’s role in influencing China’s health guidelines was exposed, and the Australian dairy lobby sponsored another on the benefits of adding cheese and yogurt to the well-established Mediterranean diet.
A commission is calling for three key actions: the end of the $5 trillion in government subsidies handed out to food and fossil fuel corporations, a global agreement to limit the influence of Big Food, and a push among civilians to end the policy inertia that keeps Big Food in power.
Calling for a $1 billion fund to support advocacy for policy initiatives to mitigate the Global Systemic. That’s in addition to the $70 billion already being requested by the World Bank to address under-nutrition and the $100 billion the Green Climate Fund is calling for to address climate change in low and middle-income countries.
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