Food Consumption Patterns

Topics: Food, Gross domestic product, Food security Pages: 35 (11952 words) Published: March 17, 2011
Appetite 55 (2010) 597–608

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Food consumption patterns and economic growth. Increasing affluence and the use of natural resources P.W. Gerbens-Leenes a,*, S. Nonhebel b, M.S. Krol a
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Faculty of Engineering Technology, Water Engineering and Management, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE, The Netherlands Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (IVEM), University of Groningen, Nijenborg 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands

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Article history: Received 11 March 2010 Received in revised form 1 September 2010 Accepted 14 September 2010 Keywords: Dietary change Economic development Natural resource use Nutrition transition Food consumption patterns

This study analyzes relationships between food supply, consumption and income, taking supply, meat and dairy, and consumption composition (in macronutrients) as indicators, with annual per capita GDP as indicator for income. It compares food consumption patterns for 57 countries (2001) and gives time trends for western and southern Europe. Cross-sectional and time series relationships show similar patterns of change. For low income countries, GDP increase is accompanied by changes towards food consumption patterns with large gaps between supply and actual consumption. Total supply differs by a factor of two between low and high income countries. People in low income countries derive nutritional energy mainly from carbohydrates; the contribution of fats is small, that of protein the same as for high income countries and that of meat and dairy negligible. People in high income countries derive nutritional energy mainly from carbohydrates and fat, with substantial contribution of meat and dairy. Whenever and wherever economic growth occurs, food consumption shows similar change in direction. The European nutrition transition happened gradually, enabling agriculture and trade to keep pace with demand growth. Continuation of present economic trends might cause significant pressure on natural resources, because changes in food demand occur much faster than in the past, especially in Asia. ß 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Introduction At present, the world faces enormous challenges over food security (Millenium Ecosystems Assesment, 2005), which threaten the availability and quality of natural resources such as arable lands, freshwater and natural areas (FAO, 2003; Hoekstra & Chapagain, 2008; WWF, 2007). The potential impacts of climate change are likely to worsen this situation (Fischer, Van Velthuizen, Shah, & Nachtergaele, 2002). Globally, food consumption gives rise to the greatest use of land (FAO, 2003; Penning de Vries et al., 1995) and freshwater (Falkenmark, 1989; FAO, 2003; Hoekstra & Chapagain, 2008; Rockstrom, 1999; Rosegrant & Ringler, 1998) and is an important cause of greenhouse gas emissions (Carlsson¨ Kanyama, Engstrom, & Kok, 2005; Kramer, 2000). The current growth in the world population requires the production of more food. As well as population growth, most areas of the world have shown economic development that resulted in increased Abbreviations: A%, average supply of nutritional energy from animal sources (%); E%, energy percentage; FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; GDP, gross domestic product; GE, grain equivalents; G-K dollars, 1990 International Geary-Khamis dollars; PPP, purchasing power parity; WHO, World Health Organization. * Corresponding author. E-mail address: p.w.gerbens-leenes@utwente.nl (P.W. Gerbens-Leenes). 0195-6663/$ – see front matter ß 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2010.09.013

purchasing power, causing not only a demand for more food (Latham, 2000) but also for different food. Studies on human nutrition have shown that worldwide a nutrition transition is taking place, in which people shift...

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Appendix A Overview of the 57 countries for which this study performed the cross-sectional analysis. ˆ Africa: Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’ Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, and South Africa Asia: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam Eastern Europe: Poland Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela Middle East: Israel, and Syria OECD: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States Additional, small countries: The United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Slovenia. Appendix B Overview of countries and national food surveys used in this study. The 18 food surveys that provide data on fat E% are marked with an asterisk *. Argentina Britos, S., & Scacchia, S. (1998). Disponibilidad y consumo de ´n alimentos en Argentina. Escuela de Nutricio [Food availability and consumption in Argentina. School of Nutrition]. Argentina: Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires [National University of Buenos Aires]. Bangladesh* Jahan, & Hossein. (1998). Malnutrition in Bangladesh: Bangladesh National Nutrition Survey, 1995–96. Bangladesh: Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, Dhaka University. Brazil ´rito de Consumo Galeazzi, M. A. M., & Falchoni Jr., P. (1998). Inque ´rio Alimentar da Area Metropolitana de Brası´la-Relato [Nutrition survey ´ ´ ´ in the area of Brasilia-Relatorio]. Brasılia: Tecnico-Secretaria de Saude ´ de Brasılia. Cambodja National Institute of Statistics (NIS/MOP). (1996). SocioEconomic Survey of Cambodja. Data from the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) of the Socio-Economic Survey of Cambodja (SESC) sponsored by the Asian Development Bank in collaboration with the UNICEF/UNDP/CARERE and ILO. Cambodja: Royal Government of Cambodja. China* Ge, K., Zhai, F., & Yan, H. (1996). Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene (INFH) 1985. Summary Report of the 2nd National Nutrition Survey in 1982. Beijing, China: Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene. Ge, K., Zhai, F., & Yan, H. (1996). The dietary and nutritional status of Chinese population. 3rd National Nutrition Survey, 1992. Beijing, China: People’s Med. Pub. House. Colombia Ministerio de Agricultura DANE-DRI-PAN. (1984). Encuesta ´n, ´n Nacional de Alimentatio Nutricio y Vivienda DANE-PAN-DRI 1981 [Ministry of Agriculture DANE-DRI-PAN 1984. National Feeding, ´ Nutrition and Housing Survey DANE-PAN-DRI 1981]. Bogota: ´ ´ Franza Pardo T-Bogota (Mimeografo).
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