25 Mar 2019

WWF and Knorr produce a report highlighting the best food to eat to help our health and biodiversity

It’s an undeniable fact that the food we consume can have a great impact on our physical health and mental well-being. What’s also a fact is that by diversifying the types of food we eat we can lessen our environmental impact and help contribute to a better world for the future.

With that in mind, the World Wildlife Fund has partnered with Knorr to create a ‘Future 50 Foods’ report. The Future 50 are foods that we can eat to maintain our health and increase our bio-diversity to reduce our impact on the environment.

Some really interesting takeaways from the research include:

  • By 2050 our planet will need to supply food for nearly 10 billion people
  • 75% of the global food supply comes from just twelve plant and 5 animal species
  • Rice, maize and wheat make up 60% of our calories from plants in the entire human diet

This dietary monotony is highly dangerous, as we reduce agrobiodiversity we threaten the resilience of our food systems and limit the breadth of food that we can eat. Asia is highlighted as an example, where thousands of types of rice that were cultivated has been reduced to a mere dozen. The dependence on a limited number of crops leaves harvests vulnerable to pests, diseases and of course climate change.

 “Most of us might believe it’s our energy or transport choices that cause the most serious environmental damage. In fact, it’s our food system that creates the biggest impact.” Dr. Tony Juniper, CBE, Executive Director for Advocacy, WWF-UK

The purpose of the Future 50 report is to help inspire change by highlighting all of the wonderful food consumers can eat to reduce their reliance on just a few crops. By embracing the wide range of nutrient-rich ingredients available and swapping out staples like white rice for healthier options, we can help improve our environment and our personal health.

Read the entire report here