Title
White Paper "Mediterranean food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health"
Summary
align="LEFT">- The Mediterranean diet is widely considered as a healthy dietary pattern

and a greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet has been associated with

significant improvements in health and nutritional status. It has also been

recognized as a sustainable diet because of its lower environmental impact.

– However, current data show a decline in adherence to the Mediterranean

dietary pattern in northern as well as southern and eastern Mediterranean

countries that is critically eroding the Mediterranean diet heritage, recognized

in 2010 by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

– The abandonment of traditional habits and the emergence of new lifestyles

associated with socio-economic changes pose important threats to the

preservation and transmission of the Mediterranean diet to future generations.

– It is urgent to preserve the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean diet as

an outstanding resource for sustainable development as it contributes to

promoting local production and consumption, encouraging sustainable

agriculture and safeguarding landscapes.

– The promotion and the enhancement of the Mediterranean diet is a critical issue

for sustainable development to counteract food insecurity and malnutrition in

the Mediterranean region.

Date Published:
Jul 17, 2015
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