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UNSUSTAINABLE HYPOCRISY: United Nations now says livestock-based diets key to tackling global malnutrition crisis

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The report claims that plant-based diets alone are not enough to eliminate the global malnutrition crisis. Animal-based diets, which are rich in vitamins and minerals, can more easily be absorbed in the digestive system.

HUAXIA: Sustainable consumption of livestock-based diets including meat, eggs, and milk should be prioritized in order to combat malnutrition affecting pregnant mothers and children in low-income countries, UN Nutrition said in a new report launched in Nairobi…

Titled “Livestock-Derived Foods and Sustainable Healthy Diets,” the report says that resource-constrained households should be encouraged to consume animal-based proteins in order to reduce undernourishment and stunting…

It says that plant-based diets alone are not enough to eliminate the global malnutrition crisis, which affects nearly 690 million people, adding that animal-based diets like eggs or milk, which are rich in vitamins and minerals and can easily absorbed in the digestive system, are ideal for reducing stunting that affects 149 million children worldwide…

Stineke Oenema, the executive secretary of UN Nutrition, a United Nations inter-agency coordination and collaboration mechanism for nutrition at the global and country levels, said that livestock-based diets have the potential to cushion low-income communities from malnutrition that impairs the physical and cognitive development of children.

“Overall, the evidence shows that context is key when we consider the role of food from livestock in our diets,” she said. Experts from the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute compiled the UN Nutrition report.

The report says that a trade-off is necessary to ensure that consumption of livestock-derived diets among food-insecure households is not detrimental to environmental sustainability, and that consumption of eggs, meat, and milk should factor in age, gender, and cultural diversity while ensuring that ecosystems that underpin the livelihoods of rural communities are not destabilized. SOURCE…

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