FAO official issues food warning

Barbadians are literally eating themselves to death, warns a top official of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

In addition, sub-regional coordinator for the FAO in the Caribbean Dr Lystra Fletcher-Paul cautioned this morning that Barbadians’ appetite for “unhealthy” foreign foods was also costing the country a whopping $600 million each year.

Delivering a World Food Day lecture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resources Lystra Fletcher-Paul suggested that Government act swiftly to turn around this “serious situation” by making food security a priority.

“[Some] 87 per cent of the food that you consume is coming from abroad. And that food is processed carbohydrates. It’s high in sugar, high in fat [and] high in salt. You are literally eating yourselves to death. So you must address this problem if you want to live a longer and healthier life,” the FAO senior representative insisted.

She also expressed concern about the rapid migration from urban communities to the rural districts which resulted in new housing developments replacing agricultural lands.

According to Lystra Fletcher-Paul, if Barbados wanted to be food secure, citizens had to have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods which meet their dietary needs and preferences for an active healthy life.

Moreover, the official said food security required increased food production and enough stored in case of emergency.

“For the private sector, we are not only talking about the Massy Stores, not only the supermarkets, not only the hotels, we also talking about the farmers who are the biggest investors in agriculture,” Lystra Fletcher-Paul added.

The FAO official said there were investment opportunities for the private sector in agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, compost and irrigation as well as in farm machinery, soil conservation technologies and partnerships.

“For the public sector, Government has a role in creating the enabling environment to encourage that investment . . . . The Government can provide irrigation infrastructure for example; or there are existing schemes they can modernise,” she noted.

Lystra Fletcher-Paul also suggested that Government established land banks, create proper land titles for prospective owners, introduce machinery rentals, water information systems and conduct research and development.

She said also the population needed economic and physical access to food as another requirement for food security.

“Physical access means being able to take your produce to the markets. You need roads, you need transportation, you need storage. The infrastructure that is required to get your food to the market in the best possible quality that could fetch a good price,” she said, adding that economic access related to one’s ability to pay for the food.

The FAO official said one of the most important aspects of being food secure was access to safe food sources high in nutritional value.

“The best way to do it is to eat healthy local foods . . . grow your own food. That way, you can bet that you know what you put into the food,” Lystra Fletcher-Paul said.

She also recommended food stability through installation of early warning systems, building codes for livestock animal shelters and the establishment of a seed bank in Barbados to supply the region.

Source: (EJ)

14 Responses to FAO official issues food warning

  1. MArk Anthony
    MArk Anthony October 17, 2017 at 11:05 am

    We all have to die one day ….eat drink and be merry

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm


  2. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

    So Dr. you do not still have to preserved to local food if you want it to last long.

  3. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

    eating to death? ya mean starving to death…

  4. Tony Webster October 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Hmmmm…sounds like James Paul, in drag, as both can pinpoint all the failures, all who to blame, have all the solutions…but the actual implementation is another matter.

    Farming is a most honourable occupation, and vital component of our economy. Make doing business easier and less stressful and bureaucratic…and it will grow..naturally!

    Buy local and support our farmers and manufacturers!

  5. Alison Branch
    Alison Branch October 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    May I shake your hand m’ lady?

  6. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Eat drink and be merry til one day de Doctor tell wanna, He have to cut off wanna foot or wanna have 3 months to live…then wanna want all de pastors in Barbado to pray for wanna…..but yah know what? They can’t help wanna

  7. Sonia Russell
    Sonia Russell October 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Barbados is controlled by America and all the other foreigners it’s about time we takeaway fast food from america and do our own things years ago people ate healthy now they’re eating a lot of crap get those damn stupid fast food companies out of Barbados we can cook what’s wrong with saltfish and cuckoo. Bajans want to be americans and american dont like YOU. Control your own food not the food control you. You have choices and options.no ones putting a gun to your head.

  8. Sonia Russell
    Sonia Russell October 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Any green smelly potatoes can kill you

  9. Sonia Russell
    Sonia Russell October 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Need to cukk and stop wid d box food

  10. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis October 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I grew up in Barbados when there was not a whole variety of food, particularly for poor people. I was amazed how much food bajans now eat, those who can afford it. When we cooked and ate mostly locally grown food we were healthier. Simplicity, in diet, not cornflakes, but oatflakes, real food. Cornflakes is not real food.

  11. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete October 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Why are we allowing rotting food in here? Send it the f#% back! I noticed carrots in bags of 3 to 6 carrots per bag 3.15 price you have to check as more than one has been cut looks terrible and why would you want a carrot cut from middle all dried out looking like cap and old!

  12. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Because we are beggers


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *