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To be or not to be for humankind - organic diets revisited for a sustainable development

Published on Jan 16, 2019
· DOI :10.1186/s42055-019-0008-7
Ana Paula Simões-Wüst13
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Pieter C. Dagnelie39
Estimated H-index: 39
(UM: Maastricht University)
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Worldwide, traditional diets are being replaced by diets with high proportions of ultra-processed industrial foods, meat products and refined sugars, fats and oils. By contrast, the (slowly) growing consumption of unrefined organic food products and the more and more popular organic-type of diets are associated with lower consumption of these foods. In this comment, we argue that the growth of the organic food chain is already now contributing to the goal of improving public health in global terms as well as to the goal of reducing the environmental impact of agricultural production and food processing. Thus, consumption of organic food contributes to saving lives and enabling future human existence. As such, the organic food system deserves increased attention and stimulation by scientists and public agencies.
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