It is well known that different foods provide different essential micronutrients (such as calcium, vitamin A, and folate). However, it was unknown which farms produce most of these micronutrients. The first-ever map of micronutrients now shows the importance of small and medium farms in tackling global food security.
The research article entitled “Farming and the geography of nutrient production for human use: a transdisciplinary analysis” was just published in the inaugural issue of the new Lancet journal The Lancet Planetary Health.
The authors stress that a sustainable food system meeting the needs of a growing global population has to focus on more than the quantity of food – the quality is equally, if not more, important. The research published now emphasized that small and medium farms play a crucial role in ensuring sustainable and nutritional food production and therefore need to be protected and supported accordingly.
Read the full article in The Lancet Planetary Health (open access).
The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment published a complementing interactive Food Matters report entitled "Small Farms: Stewards of Global Nutrition?", highlighting the key findings of the study. The Food Matters report includes graphs, info graphics, and other data visualizations.