July 11th is World Population Day. On this day, the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) Good Food Fund will work with the CGTN DIALOGUE program to simultaneously broadcast the fourth edition of the “Good Food Dialogue” on CGTN’s official website and Weibo.
The top three health risk factors in the world (malnutrition, dietary risk, high blood pressure) are all related to diet.
However, researchers have also found that centenarians are particularly abundant and energetic in individual areas of Italy, Greece, Costa Rica, California, and Okinawa, Japan. These places were later known as “the world’s five Blue Zones.” There is no doubt that everything is inseparable from diet.
By comparing the diets of people in the “Five Blue Zones”, the researchers found that although the eating habits of each zone have their own regional characteristics, they can still find some common points. E.g.:
1. Eating organic food: Most of the food in the Blue Zone is naturally cultivated. There is no large amount of fertilizers and pesticides applied to plants, and animals do not use artificial feed and antibiotics.
2. No refined grains: refined grains such as white flour and white rice are not included in the recipes of the five zones.
3. Generally less calorie intake: Compared with the global average, residents of the blue zone consume approximately 400 calories less per day.
4. There is no industrialized food, such as refined sugar and refined salt.
5. The plant-based diet occupies a dominant position in the dinner plate.
It seems that although diet has distinctive individual differences, it can still be found that some general rules of applicability can make people eat healthy or unhealthily. In addition, it is not enough to only consider the health of the individual. At a time when pandemic is still spreading and the climate crisis is intensifying, the global food system is facing a very uncertain wind direction, which will also affect everyone’s basic quality of life.
So, in the post-epidemic era, how can individuals not only eat healthy, but also take care of the earth at the same time, thereby slowing climate change and reducing the possibility of a food crisis? How do people in unevenly developed areas start to build happy communities from food? How will the world respond to the possible food crisis in the post-epidemic “diet” generation with a drastic change in population and structure?
In the fourth edition of The Good Food Dialogue, we will invite several blockbuster guests answer your questions.
Event Theme: The Post-Pandemic Diet Era
Live Time: July 11 (Saturday) 10-11am (Beijing time)
Language: English (no translation)
Way of Participation: Scan the QR code below or add WeChat ID: goodfood2050 to join the WeChat group.
Original Chinese article:
By / Maggie
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