Type of document: Journal Article
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Prof. dr. Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren Ph.D.
Language of document: English
Title in English: Diversifying Food Systems in the Pursuit of Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Diets
Abstract / summary in English:
Increasing demand for nutritious, safe, and healthy food because of a growing population, and the pledge to maintain biodiversity and other resources, pose a major challenge to agriculture that is already threatened by a changing climate. Diverse and healthy diets, largely based on plant-derived food, may reduce diet-related illnesses. Investments in plant sciences will be necessary to design diverse cropping systems balancing productivity, sustainability, and nutritional quality. Cultivar diversity and nutritional quality are crucial. We call for better cooperation between food and medical scientists, food sector industries, breeders, and farmers to develop diversified and nutritious cultivars that reduce soil degradation and dependence on external inputs, such as fertilizers and pesticides, and to increase adaptation to climate change and resistance to emerging pests.
Keywords in English: sustainability, cropping systems, biodiversity, agriculture, growing population, climate change