UN General Assembly proclaimed 2021 the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables
According to the European Union’s statistical office Eurostat, Italy, Portugal and Spain are leading in terms of daily fruit consumption, while Ireland, Belgium and Italy are leading in terms of vegetable consumption.
As for the International Year of Vegetables and Fruits, Qu Dongyu, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), announced its beginning on December 15, 2020. He called for, through the introduction of innovations and advanced technologies, to increase the sustainable production of products that form the basis of a healthy diet and to reduce food waste and waste.
Vegetables and fruits are valuable sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals, useful phytochemicals. FAO and the World Health Organization recommend that every adult includes at least 400 grams of vegetables and fruits in their diet every day – this will help prevent chronic diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and will prevent micronutrient deficiencies.