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Sorghum and other drought-tolerant cereal crops can provide better nutrition and more sustainable agriculture

Phys.org/news (FEBRUARY 1, 2022)

Titre : Sorghum and other drought-tolerant cereal crops can provide better nutrition and more sustainable agriculture

One of the biggest factors in determining the health of humans and the environment is the foods that we grow and consume. While there have been many efforts over the years to define sustainable diets and to try to get people all over the world the proper nutrition that they need, many of these efforts do not take into account local dietary preferences or the adverse impacts that growing certain foods have on the environment.

Phys.org/news (FEBRUARY 1, 2022)

Présentation
While cereals are not consumed as widely in the United States, western Europe and Australia, they play a vital nutritional role in many other countries.

"Regions facing food security challenges include the Middle East, Africa and South Asia," said Wei. "These areas are also the ones that consume large proportions of cereals, so sustainable dietary shifts on cereals can have larger impacts in these places."

The researchers identified two shifts in particular that would be locally acceptable and help to increase nutrition while lowering the environmental impacts of crop production. This includes incorporating more drought-tolerant cereals—such as maize, sorghum and millet—and increasing the share of whole grains.

Source  : Adam Thomas, University of Delaware

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