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Sustainable diets: the Mediterranean diet as an example

  • Barbara Burlingame (a1) and Sandro Dernini (a2)

Abstract

Objective

To present the Mediterranean diet as an example of a sustainable diet, in which nutrition, biodiversity, local food production, culture and sustainability are strongly interconnected.

Design

Review of notions and activities contributing towards the acknowledgement of the Mediterranean diet as a sustainable diet.

Setting

The Mediterranean region and its populations.

Subjects

Mediterranean populations.

Results and conclusions

The acknowledgement of the Mediterranean diet as a sustainable diet needs the development of new cross-cutting intersectoral case studies to demonstrate further the synergies among nutrition, biodiversity and sustainability as expressed by the Mediterranean diet for the benefit of present and future generations.

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*Corresponding author: Email s.dernini@tiscali.it

References

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Public Health Nutrition
  • ISSN: 1368-9800
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