As many as three out of every five of the children presently coming through school in the well-off world are destined to die as a result of what they eat, from the host of chronic disorders that result from overnutrition. Many of the diseases of affluence — heart disease, cancer, and diabetes — are also now spreading like wildfire in the developing world as diets change there, too. We accept the principle of giving children vaccines to prevent illness and untimely death. Perhaps we should also vaccinate them with greater knowledge about food, so they can live longer, healthier, and less costly lives. Perhaps we should vaccinate them against the mining and destruction of the Earth’s food- producing systems and the wars that follow by teaching them more about how to grow and consume food sustainably. Perhaps we should vaccinate them against waste and pollution of our natural ecosystems by teaching them how this can be avoided and about the virtues of recycling.
Julian Cribb, The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It