EONS supports the Whole Grain Initiative

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought many things, including a reminder of how important resilient, sustainable, productive and healthy food systems are in our lives. For policy makers, it is a fundamental task to continue to invest in policies to tackle the “triple challenge” of simultaneously providing food security and nutrition to a growing global population, ensuring the livelihoods of millions of people working along the food chain ‘from farm to fork’ and ensuring environmental sustainability of the sector in the medium and long term. Despite consistent evidence that regular consumption of whole grains (around three servings per day) is associated with a lower risk of developing NCDs (such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers), consumption of whole grains remains alarmingly low in Europe as elsewhere. EONS supports the Whole Grain Initiative and calls on the European Commission to include whole grain in the harmonised mandatory Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling (FOPNL) system to be proposed as part of the Farm to Fork Strategy, as an important policy tool for promoting healthy diets and preventing obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
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