Reducing risk of poor diet quality through food biodiversity

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Food biodiversity is a potential lever to improve Earth system resilience and promote healthier,
diverse diets in a win-win scenario.

However, various blind spots in our current knowledge make this recommendation complicated:
the relationship between biodiversity in farms and biodiversity on plates is not straightforward,
scientists measuring biodiversity in production systems and measuring diversity in diets do not
measure the same things, food biodiversity measurements tend to focus on either the global or very
local scale, consumption (dietary intake) of food biodiversity is often overlooked, and diet diversity
doesn’t necessarily guarantee diet quality.

This paper explores these blind spots, and policy and research efforts to address them.

Hanley-Cook, G.; Kennedy, G.; Lachat, C.

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