Tax Sugary Drinks
A single degree Celsius of warming since the late-19th century has amplified droughts responsible for more than 80 percent of damage and losses in agriculture.
Earth’s average surface temperature is set to rise another two or three degrees by 2100.
Research by scientists at Harvard University, meanwhile, have shown that the increased concentration of CO2 in the air is sapping staple food crops of those essential nutrients and vitamins, including zinc, iron and vitamin B.
“The impacts of climate change are completely transforming the food that is available and that can be consumed,” Aguayo said.
Making sure every child has access to a healthy diet must become a “political priority” if widespread malnutrition is to be conquered, especially in developing countries, the report said.
Taxes on sugary foods and beverages; clear, front-of-package labelling; regulating the sale of breast milk substitutes; limiting the advertising and sale of ‘junk food’ near schools — these and other measures could make a difference, it concluded.
“The way we understand and respond to malnutrition needs to change,” said Fore.
“It is not just about getting children enough to eat. It is above all about getting them to eat the right food.”
The recent rise of awareness about the danger of global warming is instructive, the authors said.
“Just as we have organised a movement around climate change, we need to mobilise civil society,” said Aguayo. “If our children are not fed healthy diets, we are putting a huge question mark on the future of our societies.”