50 foods that can save the planet

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World Wildlife Fund partnered with Knorr, one of the world’s largest food brand. They launched “Future 50 foods” that are sustainable for our environment. That is why, they have partnered with Knorr to connect with retailers, chefs and shoppers to include variety of foods.

“Most of us might believe it’s our energy or transport choices that cause the most serious environmental damage. In fact, it’s our food system that creates the biggest impact,” said Dr. Tony Juniper, CBE, Executive Director for Advocacy, WWF-UK.

The launch of the report brings our attention to our Global food system which is the biggest nature loss of the planet and affecting our climate, wildlife, and forests.

The report titled “Future 50 Foods: 50 Foods for Healthier People and a Healthier Planet” is also a campaign to bring a change in Global Food system.

Since 1970, there is a significant decrease in wildlife populations and it is just not enough to save them, we have to save their habitat also.

“We have to address the drivers of habitat loss and species collapse,” says WWF’s David Edwards. “And the biggest driver is global farming.”

“Seventy-five percent of the global food supply comes from only 12 plant and five animal species. Just three (rice, maize, wheat) make up nearly 60 percent of calories from plants in the entire human diet,” report reads.

Moreover, this diet deprives of essential nutrients also, enough calories may be there but minerals and vitamins are not enough.

“The Future 50 Foods have been selected based on their high nutritional value, relative environmental impact, flavour, accessibility, acceptability, and affordability. This set of criteria is modelled after the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) definition of sustainable diets. Some of the Future 50 Foods have higher yields than similar crops, several are tolerant of challenging weather and environmental conditions, and many contain significant amounts of critical nutrients. Each has a story to tell,” report read.

The list of 50 foods that are in the report:

  1. Laver seaweed
    2. Wakame seaweed
    3. Adzuki beans
    4. Black turtle beans
    5. Broad beans (fava beans)
    6. Bambara groundnuts/Bambara beans
    7. Cowpeas
    8. Lentils
    9. Marama beans
    10. Mung beans
    11. Soy beans
    12. Nopales
    13. Amaranth
    14. Buckwheat
    15. Finger millet
    16. Fonio
    17. Khorasan wheat
    18. Quinoa
    19. Spelt
    20. Teff
    21. Wild rice
    22. Pumpkin flowers
    23. Okra
    24. Orange tomatoes
    25. Beet greens
    26. Broccoli rabe
    27. Kale
    28. Moringa
    29. Pak-choi or bok-choy
    30. Pumpkin leaves
    31. Red cabbage
    32. Spinach
    33. Water cress
    34. Enoki mushrooms
    35. Maitake mushrooms
    36. Saffron milk cap mushrooms
    37. Flax seeds
    38. Hemp seeds
    39. Sesame seeds
    40. Walnuts
    41. Black salsify
    42. Parsley root
    43. White icicle radish
    44. Alfalfa sprouts
    45. Sprouted kidney beans
    46. Sprouted chickpeas
    47. Lotus root
    48. Ube (purple yam)
    49. Yam bean root (jicama)
    50. Red Indonesian (Cilembu) sweet potatoes


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