Focusing on the supply side of food is necessary but insufficient to produce and make accessible nutritious and healthy diets for all. Consumption, and the demand side, are equally important for a number of reasons. Among these reasons is that in the absence of demand for it, focus solely on producing healthy and nutritious foods will fail to achieve its goals. While ideally all of these factors should be considered together and as part of a system, for our purposes, we can potentially highlight consumption as a subdomain to investigate its main challenges and issues, while keeping in mind its interdependence with production.
@SevagKechichian - I agree this is an important issue, but isn’t this mostly a problem of the developed world?
Good question, Roey. I think the answer is yes and no. While populations of developing countries are growing, and in particular their middle classes, and increased globalization is bringing fast food franchises to them, the demand for highly processed and/or unsustainably produced food is increasing. This poses both health and environmental challenges, and given the demand, the supply including in developing countries will likely catch up with it.
Thank you. That certainly makes sense.