Agriculture & food policies have a vital role in improving health and well-being

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has recently published an interesting report titled “Bringing Agriculture to the Table: How Agriculture and Food Policy can Play a Role in Preventing Chronic Disease ” (PDF – 2.52MB)

The report is principally concerned with the health risks imposed by a modern food and agricultural system, demonstrated by the growing rates of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The report mentions that a food system should offer choices for a healthy, balanced diet; and to reach such a goal it requires the intervention of a multitude of actors within the food system in order to transform the highly complex food and agriculture capacity in the world today into a system for increasing longevity and well-being for all.  There should be more alignment between the agriculture/food and health sectors to order to prevent NCDs

“The costs of dealing with NCDs are soaring in both rich and poor countries,” states Rachel Nugent the author of the report;   “It is obvious that the health sector alone cannot prevent all these premature deaths and chronic illnesses, and the poor of the world are the most vulnerable. The agriculture and food sector can be a great partner to the health sector in finding ways to control and prevent the global effects of NCDs.”


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One Response to Agriculture & food policies have a vital role in improving health and well-being

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