Did you know that globally 75% of the food we eat comes from only 12 plant and five animal species? This negatively impacts not just our health but the health of the planet. “Our bodies need a variety of nutrients, and the planet also benefits from a variety of food being cultivated,” explains Liam Walsh, Sustainable Diets Manager at WWF. “At WWF, we want people to shop sustainably, with the intent to preserve the environment.”
With a growing number of ‘conscious consumers’ wanting to make the change, WWF recognised the need to help people identify more food items that are better for their health and the environment. This is why they teamed up with Knorr to create the Future 50 Foods Report to identify 50 foods that are nutritious and have a lower impact on our planet – from those that give off less greenhouse emissions when grown, to crops that need less water and are resistant to drought. The report includes 50 vegetables, grains, cereals, seeds, legumes and nuts from across the globe (think lentils, quinoa, mushrooms, seaweed and the like) that, if introduced into our diets, can help make for a more future-proof way to dine. We think it’s great, which is why we based our Project Earth Foodhall around this report – visit us at Selfridges London to discover the selection of future-facing ingredients.