Could plant-based food fix our broken system?

Posted: 8 January 2021 | | No comments yet

New Food’s Editor spoke with Unilever’s Executive Vice President of Global Food to hear his thoughts on our current food system and why he believes plant-based ingredients are the solution.

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The food system is broken, Robbert de Vreede, Executive Vice President of Global Food at Unilever, told New Food’s Editor.

Since 1975, global obesity levels have almost tripled,1 yet more than 690 million people still go to bed hungry.2 Despite this startling statistic, we are still wasting food – approximately one third of all food is wasted.

“There isn’t one single factor that has led to this,” Vreede said, “but I do believe there was a lack of global oversight at the beginning.”

The blame doesn’t solely lie with food producers either, he pointed out. It is a global issue, which requires that steps be taken from each and every one of us – whether that be NGOs, industry, governments or consumers.

So, what’s the solution for such a multifaceted problem? Vreede believes it lies in plant-based foods – ones that truly satisfy consumers without compromising on taste or leaving them dreaming about meaty burgers.

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