World Food Day: Six ideas for the future of our food – culinary

On October 16, we will be paying special attention to nutritional challenges. We summarize some ideas.

The food is delicious. Seeing and helping them grow is pure mindfulness. Preparing is an art and enjoying together is the ultimate activity for connecting people. However, today we face a number of challenges when it comes to food. Some ideas that should provide an answer to that.

1. Make our diet healthier, more comfortable and more environmentally friendly

Today there is a lot of confusion about what healthy food looks like. This is not only reflected in the figures on diet-related disorders, but also in the different, almost religious approaches to food, where one food group is denounced and the other is glorified. For many people, the nutritionist’s message – of everything and everything in moderation – contains too few specific guidelines, and so something like the Nutri-Score was created. It should make it clear what is healthy and what is not, but is not everythingbecause a meal usually consists of several ingredients.

A good healthy diet guideline is to fill your plate at least halfway full of vegetables with a hot meal. Fruits and nuts should also be added to our menu. In addition, this fits into the bigger picture, as more and more scientists in various research areas agree: We should eat more vegetables, fruits and legumes and eliminate them from our meat consumption. We’re already working on it in Belgium, but we’re not there yet.

Another thing you can do to eat healthily is: Stay away from ultra-processed foods as much as possible. They contain ingredients that your body doesn’t need and make eating high calorie foods very easy. Fancy a few cookies? Then bake them yourself! This way, not only do you know what is happening, but you also create a barrier that makes eating unhealthy a bit more difficult. In addition, you will enjoy them more too because they are made with love and are much better than the factory version.

A third way to eat healthier is in company. It makes you happy, it encourages you to cook for yourself, and the conversation often makes you eat more slowly.

2. Actively combat food waste

It is difficult to calculate how much food is actually being wasted. Depending on the research method, it is a third of all food produced, a value of four hundred billion dollars per year or 173 kilograms per Belgian per year. It is therefore difficult to say exactly how much it is, but it is certain that the amount of unnecessarily wasted food is considerable.

Food waste occurs at every link in the chain. Manufacturers, stores and consumers must therefore work together to reduce waste. In recent years, many organizations have emerged that are, for example, converting rejected fruits and vegetables into dips or still finding a buyer for meals that are about to expire. Such initiatives are highlighted by us through the Food Waste Awards from the FoodWIN organization, a Flemish subsidized organization that focuses on innovations with low waste.

The difference can also be made on a smaller scale. For example, the Dutch restaurant Meat only serves one cow at a time, which means that diners are obliged to eat lesser-known parts of the animal as well. After all, you too can make a contribution in your own kitchen, because households certainly have their share.

3. What is learned young is made old

Eating well is something that has to be learned and that starts at the very beginning. Research is increasingly revealing the importance of the “first thousand days,” the time between conception and the moment it turns two years old. The mother’s healthy diet gives a baby in the womb building blocks for the rest of its life and the development of taste. A healthy diet can begin with milk nutrition and the first set meals.

The World Health Organization points out that eating healthy young children will ultimately reduce both malnutrition and obesity, and these are two major challenges around the world. Children can play a very important role even at a slightly later age. After all, with healthy school meals you can not only teach children what good nutrition looks like, but you can also indirectly reach parents.

4. Buy locally and through short chains

The absurdity that the global food system sometimes assumes is regularly demonstrated using the example of beans from Kenya, while they grow perfectly here too. Much food goes a long way before it ends up on our plates. This transport not only causes more emissions, but sometimes also ensures that modern slaves are used for our food on the other side of the world, while farmers cannot find a market for their products with us, so they are then shipped to the USA become other side of the world.

You can do it differently, say defenders of the short chain. By buying more directly from the farmer around the corner, you as a consumer can shake up the current system considerably. The farmers have more money for their product, which gives them more financial flexibility and enables them to work more on the fifth idea, for example.

5. Find other ways to produce food

More and more people agree that our farming practices have significant disadvantages. The soil is gradually becoming exhausted. In 2020, water supply is no longer an indisputable certainty. Pesticides make it very difficult for insects and without pollinators there are no fruits. If you always choose to grow a variety industrially (bananas or cows), you are prone to disease. The challenges are diverse, as are the alternative forms of agriculture proposed today.

Do we have to look to the farmers in town for the answer? Will forests provide tomorrow’s food? Or are we waiting in agroecology? There are many experiments with all kinds of shapes, but it seems certain that agriculture needs to find a better connection with nature again. Or, as it sounds here and there, at least more nature has to give way, as it becomes even more intense in fewer companies.

6. Embrace diversity

Because almost everyone agrees: the loss of nature is also harmful to humans. Today there are 68 percent fewer plant and animal species on earth than fifty years ago. Environmental organizations are looking for the causes in the food industry. All too often in today’s fashion, this leads to deforestation, which puts the species in trouble.

In addition, our diet has also become meticulously uniform. Globally, people get 90 percent of all food energy from just 15 plant and eight animal species. That is harmful, because biodiversity in particular keeps us and the planet healthy. And then we forget that being able to experiment with lesser-known species is just a lot more fun.

The food is delicious. Seeing and helping them grow is pure mindfulness. Preparing is an art and enjoying together is the ultimate activity for connecting people. However, today we face a number of challenges when it comes to food. Some ideas that should provide an answer to that. Today there is a lot of confusion about what healthy food looks like. This is not only reflected in the figures on diet-related disorders, but also in the different, almost religious approaches to food, where one food group is denounced and the other is glorified. For many people, the nutritionist’s message – of everything and everything in moderation – contains too few specific guidelines, and so something like the Nutri-Score was created. It should make it clear what is healthy and what is not, but it is not everything because a meal is usually made up of several ingredients. A good healthy diet guideline is to fill your plate at least halfway full of vegetables with a hot meal. Fruits and nuts should also be added to our menu. In addition, this fits into the bigger picture, as more and more scientists in various research areas agree: We should eat more vegetables, fruits and legumes and eliminate them from our meat consumption. We’re already working on it in Belgium, but we’re not there yet. Another thing you can do to eat healthily is: Stay away from ultra-processed foods as much as possible. They contain ingredients that your body doesn’t need and make eating high calorie foods very easy. Fancy a few cookies? Then bake them yourself! This way, not only do you know what is happening, but you also create a barrier that makes eating unhealthy a bit more difficult. In addition, you will enjoy them more because they are made with love and are much tastier than the factory version. A third way to eat healthier is in company. It makes you happy, makes you more likely to cook for yourself, and the conversation often slows you down. It is difficult to calculate how much food is actually being wasted. Depending on the research method, it is a third of all food produced, a value of four hundred billion dollars per year or 173 kilograms per Belgian per year. It is therefore difficult to say exactly how much it is, but it is certain that the amount of unnecessarily wasted food is considerable. Food waste occurs at every link in the chain. Manufacturers, stores and consumers must therefore work together to reduce waste. In recent years, many organizations have emerged that are, for example, converting rejected fruits and vegetables into dips or still finding a buyer for meals that are about to expire. Such initiatives are highlighted by us through the Food Waste Awards from the FoodWIN organization, a Flemish subsidized organization that focuses on innovations with low waste. The difference can also be made on a smaller scale. For example, the Dutch restaurant Meat only serves one cow at a time, which means that diners are obliged to eat lesser-known parts of the animal as well. After all, you too can make a contribution in your own kitchen, because households certainly have their share. Eating well is something that has to be learned and that starts at the very beginning. Research is increasingly revealing the importance of the “first thousand days,” the time between conception and the moment it turns two years old. The healthy diet of the mother gives a baby in the womb building blocks for the rest of its life and the development of taste. A healthy diet can begin with milk nutrition and the first set meals. The World Health Organization points out that eating healthy young children will ultimately reduce both malnutrition and obesity, and these are two major challenges around the world. Children can play a very important role even at a slightly later age. After all, with healthy school meals you can not only teach children what good nutrition looks like, but you can also indirectly reach parents. The absurdity that the global food system sometimes assumes is regularly demonstrated using the example of beans from Kenya, while they also grow perfectly with us. . Much food goes a long way before it ends up on our plates. This transport not only causes more emissions, but sometimes also ensures that modern slaves are used for our food on the other side of the world, while farmers cannot find a market for their products with us, so they are then shipped to the USA become other side of the world, after defenders of the short chain. By buying more directly from the farmer around the corner, you as a consumer can shake up the current system considerably. The farmers get more of their product, which gives them more financial leeway, and they can also work more on the fifth idea, for example. More and more people agree that our way of farming has significant disadvantages. The soil is gradually becoming exhausted. In 2020, water supply is no longer an indisputable certainty. Pesticides make it very difficult for insects and without pollinators there are no fruits. If you always choose to grow a variety industrially (bananas or cows), you are prone to disease. The challenges are diverse, as are the alternative forms of agriculture proposed today. Do we have to look to the farmers in town for the answer? Will forests provide tomorrow’s food? Or are we waiting in agroecology? There are many experiments with all kinds of shapes, but it seems certain that agriculture needs to find a better connection with nature again. Or, as it sounds here and there, at least more nature has to give way, as it becomes even more intense in fewer companies. Because almost everyone agrees: the loss of nature is also harmful to humans. Today there are 68 percent fewer plant and animal species on earth than fifty years ago. Environmental organizations are looking for the causes in the food industry. All too often in today’s fashion, this leads to deforestation, which puts the species in trouble. In addition, our diet has also become jealously uniform. Globally, people get 90 percent of all food energy from just 15 plant and eight animal species. That is harmful, because biodiversity in particular keeps us and the planet healthy. And then we forget that being able to experiment with lesser-known species is just a lot more fun.