Can fixing dinner fix the planet?
This is the question posed by Jessica Fanzo, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the John Hopkins University. It is also the title of her new book, which examines the links between food, health, equity, and the environment.
In her book, Fanzo argues that three of the biggest problems that we face in the 21st century—the burden of costly chronic diseases such as diabetes, climate change and environmental degradation, and the massive economic and social inequities within and among nations—are all directly related to the food we eat.
Followers of the debate about the agri-food system’s role in the world’s global ills would be familiar with the doomsday headlines. Acute hunger is set to soar in over 20 countries in the coming months without urgent and scaled-up assistance, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme warned back in March.