Eat Right India Movement : FSSAI’s ‘Vision 2050’ | UPSC
Dr Harsh Vardhan chairs Inter-ministerial Meeting to boost ‘Whole of Government’ approach for FSSAI’s ‘Vision 2050’
WHY IN NEWS:
Every year 16th of October is World Food Day ! This is the right movement to focus on .
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Food : UN Observances
For PRELIMS it is important to understand the importance of balanced diet and also take down the important facts mentioned in the article below.
For MAINS how does sustainable production and consumption of food impact a growing population ?
EAT RIGHT INDIA MOVEMENT
- “Eat Right India will mitigate the Health Burden from Food Borne diseases whose Economic Cost is estimated to be $15 bn per year for India”
- The ‘Eat Right India’ movement is a collective effort of all stakeholders in the food environment.
- This movement includes regulatory actions as well initiatives targeted to food businesses and consumers.
- This will address numerous public health, economic and environmental challenges.
- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has been working for Eat Right India movement’s .
It will also see an enhanced focus on climate-friendly :
- Food production systems with lower carbon footprint
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- Conservation of land and water resources
- Reduction in food loss and food wastage across the value chain
- Use of environment friendly packaging alternatives
- Recycling and repurposing of waste.
- The Union Minister took note of the fact the economic cost of food borne diseases in India is estimated to be a whooping $15 billion.
- Prevalence of Obesity has doubled in the decade (2005-2015) from 9.3% to 18.6% among males.
- Among females it is from 12.6% to 20.7% with a corresponding rise in deaths due to NCDs.
- Thus, to move from Food Security to Nutrition Security, these line ministries are expected to come together.
- They will form a common platform to determine common goals and strategy and synergize their actions accordingly.
AREAS OF COLLABORATION
(i) Identifying technologies and programs to be developed in the area of food safety and nutrition research
(ii) Recognizing innovative technologies available with CSIR for deployment by the Indian businesses and/or for regulating compliances
(iii) Collection of data regarding food consumption, incidence and prevalence of biological risk, contaminants in food . etc
(iv) Preparing joint reports on the collaborative outcomes
(v) Strengthening the quality assurance of laboratory network across country towards development and validation of methods for reliable reporting on quality and safety of food products.
‘FOOD SECURITY TO NUTRITION SECURITY’
- A systems-based approach can ensure food safety along with their secure availability
- 50% of India’s 1.3 billion does not meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance for critical micronutrients.
- Different Ministries can make critical interventions in primary production, food processing, their regulation with respect to wastage etc.
- Representatives of various ministries presented their views and actions taken on the critical areas of convergence with the goals of the movement.
- Only then will ‘Eat Right India’ become a movement in its true sense.
- The new food system of 2050 will see a surge in demand for nutritious and indigenous foods produced organically.
- This involves taking a food systems approach to next level with policy-related measures in the coming years.
- It also entails working across sectors and taking a ‘whole of the government approach for synergy with related line ministries and departments.
- Strong networks and innovative tools have been put in place, so that the Eat Right Initiatives can be replicated at large scale .
- This can be possible by involving the seven professional associations such as IDA, NSI, IMA, NSI, AFSTI, AOAC, and IFCA.
- Care should also be taken in different areas related to food testing and safer and sustainable packaging.
SOURCES: PIB | Eat Right India Movement : FSSAI’s ‘Vision 2050’ | UPSC