UN Expert Asks World Leaders to Crack Down on Non-Communicable Diseases

Published on Nourishing the Planet, by Sheldon Yoder, Sept. 16, 2011.

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is calling on world leaders not to miss the chance to crack down on bad diets. “Our food systems create sick people,” Olivier De Schutter said. “Failure to act decisively on this issue kills almost 3 million adults each year.” 

De Schutter, who is a contributing author to State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet,
calls for the adoption of a host of initiatives, such as taxing unhealthy products, regulating harmful food marketing practices, and standing up to the food industry.

“It is unacceptable that when lives are at stake, we go no further than soft, promotional measures that ultimately rely on consumer choice, without addressing the supply side of the food chain,” De Schutter said … (read the full article with many connecting links).

Links:

The state of food insecurity in the world, on FAO;

Non-infectious disease;

Non-communicable disease NCD.

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