A new study says the future of eating looks like the snack aisle
So, you know how we’re all supposed to eat less meat and more plants because of the impending collapse of the global ecosystem? Well, it turns out that may be trickier than anticipated: according to a new study from peer-reviewed medical journal the Lancet, there’s not enough fruits and vegetables on the planet for everybody to meet the World Health Organization’s nutritional recommendations.
Per NPR, only about 55 percent of the world’s population live in a country with sufficient access to fruits and vegetables, and the number of people NOT living with enough access will grow by over one billion people by 2050. The one highly-processed silver lining is that there are at least enough calories to feed the world’s population right now, it’s just that they’re not all that nutritious. The solution is two-fold: reducing food waste, which seems reasonable, but also, growing more produce. Given that a huge amount of agricultural land is tied up with raising livestock (either for animals themselves, or crops to feed them), the study’s authors suggest that we’d need to cut back on meat production to make room for fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, let’s hope that one day Greenland will be usable as one very large wheat field. One more organic, nutritional cherry for the top of your imminent dystopia sundae.
And in other news...
- Whole Foods workers say that their working conditions have worstened since Amazon — a company where workers have skipped bathroom breaks to avoid getting fired — bought out the grocery chain. [Guardian]
- Some U.S. senators are pushing for cocoa produced with child labor to be blocked from coming into the country. [WaPo]
- Is your lifelong dream to spend a night sleeping in a phallic-shaped vehicle owned by a processed meat brand? Well, you’re in luck: the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is getting rented out to a lucky few people for a few nights on AirBNB. [BusinessWire]
- The anniversary of Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s death is July 21, and the Times has published a whole section of tributes to commemorate Gold. [LA Times]
- The Atlantic investigates the phenomenon of people going on dates just to get free food, which is apparently termed a “foodie call” or “sneating” (sneaky eating). [Atlantic]
- Beer giant Busch is hiding a bar inside a national forest, and the first person to find it will win an ass-load of beer. Also, Busch wants to plant trees and do some environmentally friendly stuff. [Vice]
- What’s your favorite meatstuff: chicken wing? Meatball? For failed Presidential candidate and ~ jokester ~ Mitt Romney, it’s still hot dog. [Twitter]
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