Why Fortified food is no magic bullet

Synopsis: Fortification of food is not a panacea to India’s problem of malnutrition. Fundamental causes of inadequate dietary intake need to be addressed instead. Background – Read this first: Food Fortification in India Note: Please proceed further only after going through the above article. The points already covered in the above article have not been… Continue reading Why Fortified food is no magic bullet

Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Tackling malnutrition Synopsis: Using science to address the complex challenge of malnutrition, particularly for low-income and vulnerable sections of the society, can be a good intervention. Bio-fortification of food can come handy to address the issue of malnutrition in India along with other measures. Context The Prime Minister recently announced that,… Continue reading Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security

Don’t chase the mirage of iron-fortified rice

Source: Indian Express Relevance: about rice fortification programme Synopsis: Rice fortification programme might not be the answer to India’s food security and nutritional challenges. A push to a balanced and diverse diet is a far more superior strategy. Issues with the recently announced mandatory rice fortification programme. Background Read these articles in sequence PM announces… Continue reading Don’t chase the mirage of iron-fortified rice

Adding micronutrients to rice: how, why, and how much (On fortification)

Source: Indian Express What is the news? In his Independence Day speech, Indian PM announced the fortification of rice distributed under various government schemes, including the public distribution system (PDS) and midday meals in schools, by 2024. Background Read here: PM announces rice fortification plan to tackle malnutrition Must Read: Food Fortification of India – Explained… Continue reading Adding micronutrients to rice: how, why, and how much (On fortification)

Is grain fortification the only way to meet India’s nutritional challenge?

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Article throws a light on pros and cons of food fortification Synopsis: As the Centre presses ahead with its plan to distribute fortified rice through the public distribution system, in order to fight chronic anaemia and malnutrition, critics have raised questions on the strategy. Context In a recent reply in Parliament, the Centre… Continue reading Is grain fortification the only way to meet India’s nutritional challenge?