“Think big” to make global food trade work for nutrition
- Global trade in food is essential for all countries, but the world's trade and regulation rulebook needs to be rebooted with an eye to bolstering trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. Facilitating the export of commodities to feed the world was a postwar imperative whose relevance has changed as "commodities became a synonym of industrialized processed food" and the threat of obesity is looming as large as that of hunger, he said. "Now things are changing completely." The popular farm-to-fork model of the food chain does not capture the complex realities of food systems, he said. "Most of the important things we do is beyond the fork."