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Marketing these is profitable for companies, but their sales distort the diet.

Snack bars, crisps, sugary breakfast cereals and various sweet drinks are basically junk foods, even if they have added protein, vitamins or minerals.

With a couple of days after this report’s release, the mainstream and social media are flush with criticism.

Most comes from those with a vested interest in the current unsustainable way of eating.

Agriculture occupies 40% of global land, and food production is responsible for up to 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and 70% of freshwater use.

Modern methods of cultivation also contribute to biodiversity loss and the way nitrogen and phosphorus are used (actually mis-used) is unsustainable.

We need to re-assess how we use our land and how we restore land that has been degraded.

The report is also based on the fact that billions of people do not have access to a secure and healthy diet and are undernourished.

Sections of the global processed food industry – and indeed, many health authorities – have focussed attention on nutrients rather than food patterns.

In many countries, including Australia, this has led to a large range of highly processed products fortified with various nutrients.


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