Healthy food is better for planet

Fresh fruit and vegetables should be top of the shopping list for consumers who want a healthy diet and to be sustainable, says The Barilla Center for Food Nutrition.

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) welcomed this confirmation from the international think tank, which has assessed healthy food for people and sustainable food for the planet.

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney said: "It's great to see that foods with higher recommended consumption levels like fresh produce are also those with a lower environmental impact. This should give consumers the confidence they seek to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet and put in context their overall environmental footprint."

Analysis of the environmental impact of different foods included cultivation and raw materials, processing, manufacturing, packaging, transport, distribution, use, re-use, recycling and final disposal.Fruit and vegetables had a far lower carbon, water and ecological footprint than meat and dairy products.


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