Modeling the Contribution of Milk to Global Nutrition
Nutrient-rich foods play a major role in countering the challenges of nourishing an increasing global population. Milk is a source of high-quality protein and bioavailable amino acids, several vitamins, and minerals such as calcium. In this research, the Sustainable Nutrition Initiative® used the DELTA Model®, which calculates the delivery of nutrition from global food production scenarios, to examine the role of milk in global nutrition.
Cropland and delivering nutrition to the world’s population
Global crop production is central to the delivery of nutrition to the world’s population, but requires the use of land for crop production. A newly published paper (and accompanying animation) from the SNi® team details the extension of the DELTA Model® to include cropland footprints, and some of the insights generated.
A key challenge for the future is feeding the population in a sustainable manner. An increasing population requires increasing food and nutrient availability. Meat is recognised as a nutrient dense food, particularly notable for its high quality protein content, haem iron, B vitamins, and mineral content; however, we are aware that overconsumption and inequitable accessibility of meat affects many diets around the world. But how important is meat currently in nourishing the global population? SNi®’s DELTA® model has been used to calculate the contribution of meat to the global availability of 29 nutrients.