France, Japan and Germany Performs Well In Food Sustainability Index

Monday, December 25th, 2017 | 1876 Views

France remains at the top of the 2017 Food Sustainability Index (FSI), achieving high scores across the FSI’s three pillars of food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges, according to market intelligence company The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The FSI ranked 34 countries according to their food system sustainability. These countries represent over 85 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) and two-thirds of the global population.

Behind France is Japan and Germany, also with good performances in food loss and waste; sustainable agriculture; and nutritional challenges.

Martin Koehring, managing editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit, added: “Sustainable food systems are vital in achieving the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Major global developments such as climate change, rapid urbanisation, tourism, migration flows and the shift towards Westernised diets put food systems under pressure.”

Although high-income countries tend to perform well in the FSI, there are several outliers. Despite having the highest GDP per head, the UAE ranks last, while Ethiopia, the poorest country in the FSI, ranks a respectable 12th. In common with other countries in the Arab world, the UAE has a high level of food waste, rising levels of obesity and receives a low score for sustainable agriculture.

The US recorded 21st place. The country recorded 31st place in sustainable agriculture. In terms of nutritional challenges, the US ranks 24th, due to elevated levels of consumption of meat, saturated fat and sugar content.


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