Before you allow your bleeding liberal heart to command you to take your credit card and pay for some stereotypical poor people somewhere, read more.
What's driving this? As a planet we don't eat enough healthy foods including whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. At the same time, we consume too many sugary drinks, too much salt and too much processed meat.Have you put that credit card back in your wallet?
Btw, I am no grammar expert; but, leading a sentence with "as a planet we don't eat enough ..." sounds awful! Sounds as bad as "buy local" or "save the earth." ;)
Mexico, in particular, is an interesting case:
The country ranked 57th on the list. On the one hand, people in Mexico consume a lot of whole grain corn tortillas, he says — and whole grains are beneficial. But on the other hand, "Mexico has one of the highest levels of consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages."So, ok, more confirmation that sugar is bad for us, and it is awful how we are biologically programmed to enjoy it though. And, yes, we need to eat healthily.
What if all of us, especially the soon-to-be 9 or 10 billion people, decide to eat healthily--you know, the wonderful mix of whole grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables?
A recent study published in the journal PLOS One by researchers at the University of Guelph found that there would not be enough fruit and vegetables to go around.Damned if you do, and damned if you don't! ;)
All the more why we need to seriously rethink agricultural production. Check out this essay in The New Yorker.