Local Agrobiodiversity as a Nutritional Complement to Global Market-Based Food Chains

Saturday, 15 February 2014
Grand Ballroom A (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Timothy Johns , McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC, Canada
Sustainable food and nutrition security within market-oriented food systems necessitates reconciliation between global and local food systems, with increased investment in smallholder biodiverse agriculture. Products of biodiversity within culturally-based diets provide essential micronutrients and lower prevalence of diet-related chronic disease. Socially-guided decisions on food policy call for valuation and development of payment mechanisms for environmental, health, social and cultural services offered by agrobiodiversity.