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Millets are good for us, good for the planet and good for the farmer too 

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Resource ID

18707

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Nutrition

Crops

Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Small millets, Sorghum, Finger millet

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, India

CSR Activity

No

Global Date

19 Feb 21

Title

Millets are good for us, good for the planet and good for the farmer too

Keywords

Smart Food, Millets, Sorghum, Good for the planet, Good for the farmer, Diet diversification, Nutrition, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Protein, Fiber, Low-glycemic index, Millet Mission

Language

English

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1894-3, 19 February 2021

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/millets-are-good-for-us-good-for-the-planet-and-good-for-the-farmer-too/

Description

Covid-19 turned the spotlight on healthy eating. So, are diets changing to impact the mass market, farms and well-being of our planet? The increased attention does not seem to be towing commensurate change. Not yet. However, change in the form of diet diversification is precisely what is needed to make nutritious diets commonplace. In India, about 70% of the plate is either white refined rice or wheat. Major public health issues like anemia, stunting, diabetes and obesity are closely tied to diets. If cereals were diversified with millets and sorghum, we would see big gains on multiple fronts.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

19 Feb 21

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