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In its newest report, UNICEF commits to addressing problems that arise from children subsisting on junk food

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It’s no secret that there’s an ongoing global shift in how much the world’s population eats, one that began in the U.S. but is spreading around the world. For the first time since UNICEF was founded in 1946, the organization is focusing on how to address problems that have arisen because of it.

In its new biennial report released today titled, “State of the World’s Children 2019,” UNICEF has set a goal to facilitate diets for kids that are “nutritious, safe, affordable, and sustainable,” a phrase akin to those used by food justice advocates.

This is a big deal: UNICEF…

Start with a favorite food

The modern food industry has taught us to think that some foods are for kids— chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs — and other foods simply are not. Salad would fall into this second list.

But what is a salad anyway? The word makes many of us think of a bowl of lettuce, but it doesn’t have to be that way. What about a Caprese salad? Tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, sprinkled with salt and drizzled with olive oil — yum! Wait, where’s the lettuce?

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