Written by Andrea Pafitis-Hill
Did you know that 75% of the world’s food supply comes from just 12 plant and five animal-based species? What’s more, just three grains – rice, maize and wheat – account for nearly 60% of kilojoules from plants in the entire human diet. With these and many other thought-provoking facts in mind, Knorr, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Foundation UK and Dr Adam Drewnowksi, Director of The Center of the Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, joined forces to compile the “Future 50 Foods” report.
Far from being highbrow and unattainable, the “Future 50 Foods” report looks at tangible ways in which we all – consumers, chefs, retailers, corporations and policymakers – can and should play a part in changing the food we choose to grow, sell, cook and eat. This does not have to mean drastically altering one’s lifestyle, however. Even making small changes to our daily food choices can help to shift the significant challenges faced by our global food system. Even better news is that your range of plant-based choices is now wider than ever, thanks to the Future 50 Foods list of more familiar – but in many cases, underused – foods like lentils, cowpeas and millet, along with less recognised ancient grains like amaranth and fonio.
The diverse variety of nutrient-rich vegetables, grains, cereals, seeds, legumes and nuts included in the Future 50 Foods list have been selected to encourage three significant worldwide shifts: more vegetables; more plant-based sources of protein to reduce animal-based; and a wider variety of carbohydrate sources in place of the limited range of ones that are already being consumed.
Among the crops that feature on the Future 50 Foods list are those that hold particular significance to SA’s agricultural past – we have a rich history of foods that have gradually fallen off the spectrum of what we reach for on supermarket and health-store shelves today, yet many of these foods are available, delicious and waiting to be rediscovered! Says Knorr about these South African products: “Crops rooted in nutritional tradition once again have a place on the plate of future generations… crops that the South African
Visit knorrwhatsfordinner.co.za to view the Future 50 Foods list and start choosing from a delicious and wide variety of plant-based ingredients that will make a difference to our planet, however small the change you make might be.