Consumption and One Health: towards a new relationship to food?”

Ahead of the agricultural week (13-24 May), planet A® will publish the results of an opinion survey on the relationship of the French people with their food and the link they make with their health and that, more globally, of all living things. What do consumer-citizens expect from their food today? What understanding do they have of “One Health”? Do they see food as a health issue? Has the pandemic influenced a change in the way we eat or an awareness of the relationship between health and diet? While the budget spent by households on their food has fallen steadily for 50 years to be less than 10% today, are consumers prepared to pay a higher cost for healthy food?

The debates that will follow the dissemination of this survey will comment on these questions between diet and health. According to the United Nations, 3 billion people in the world do not have access to healthy food. In sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, this is the case for 57% of the population. In 2019, the growth of 191 million children under five was stunted. At the same time, over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 are overweight or obese. 39% of adults are overweight and 13% are obese. Overweight and obesity kill more people than underweight. 

While their remuneration does not reflect the reality of production conditions, what means do farmers have to meet the societal responsibilities entrusted to them? How to restore the link between the product of the land, the work of men and that of health?