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Global food supply grows increasingly homogeneous, study says

Global food supply grows increasingly homogeneous, study says

In the last 50 years, what’s on dinner plates has grown more similar the world over – with major consequences for human nutrition and global food security, researchers said Monday.

“Diversity enhances the health and function of complex biological systems,” the researchers wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But, they said, the world of food has become homogeneous, to the point of suggesting a global standard food supply.

In the last half a century, “national per capita food supplies expanded in total quantities of food calories, protein, fat and weight,” they said. But at the same time, there has been “a decline in the total number of plant species...

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