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Mediterranean dietary shift threatens health and the environment

The Mediterranean diet is seeing a shift away from traditional diets, threatening health and the environment, say the FAO and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in a new report.

Consumption of fruits and legumes is declining in favour of increased meat and dairy in the region; the report suggests that the decline in traditional food production and preparation may be caused by globalisation, food marketing, and the shifting role of women in society. The report also highlights the potential environmental harm of lower reliance on local foods: “Increased adherence to the Mediterranean diet will improve dietary diversity and plant­based food consumption, with lower GHG emissions”.

Read the full report here and see further coverage here. Read more about the Mediterranean diet and sustainable healthy diets in our research library.

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