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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Eat Right India

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Why in News?

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has recently presided over an inter-ministerial meet with FSSAI and senior officials of various ministries to build a ‘Whole of Government’ approach to achieve ‘Vision 2050’ of the eat Right India Movement.

  • The Union Minister took note of the fact the economic cost of food borne diseases in India is estimated to be a whooping $15 billion.
  • While Wasting (21%), Underweighting (36%), Stunting (38%) are common among children, with 50% of women and children suffering from anaemia; prevalence of Obesity has doubled in the decade (2005-2015) from 3% to 18.6% among males and from 12.6% to 20.7% among females with a corresponding rise in deaths due to NCDs.

The ‘Eat Right Movement’ :

To improve public health in India and combat negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases, FSSAI launched ‘The Eat Right Movement’ in  2018.

About Eat Right India’ programme

  • Eat Right India’, built on two broad pillars of ‘Eat Healthy’ and ‘Eat Safe’,aims to engage, excite and enable citizens to improve their health and well being.
  • The Eat Healthy pillarof the movement is about nudging citizens to make healthy food choices and building healthy food habits. It encourages them to choose nutritious and fortified foods in the right proportion and limit foods that are high in salt, sugar, and fat. It also stresses upon the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.
  • The Eat Safe pillar is about ensuring food safety to prevent foodborne diseases.
  • It includes maintaining hygiene and  sanitation, both personal, and environmental, proper waste disposal, following safe food practices and combating adulteration
  • The food industry, public health professionals, civil society and consumer organizations, influencers and celebrities came together on a common platform and pledged to take concrete steps to amplify ‘The Eat Right Movement’ in the country.
  • The strength of the ‘The Eat Right Movement’ lies in its holistic and collaborative approach, with stakeholders on both the demand and supply-sidejoining to make a difference through some clearly identified steps;
  • On the demand side, the Eat Right Movement focuses on empowering citizens to make the right food choices.
  • On the supply side, it nudges food businesses to reformulate their products, provide better nutritional information to consumers and make investments in healthy food as responsible food businesses.

‘The Eat Right Movement’ brings together three ongoing initiatives of FSSAI:

  1. Safe and Nutritious Food Initiativefocused on social and behavioural change around food safety and nutrition at home, school, workplace, and on-the-go;
  2. The Eat Healthy Campaignfocused on the reduction of high fat, sugar and salt foods in the diet; and
  3. Food Fortification focused on promoting five staple foods-wheat flour, rice, oil, milk and salt that are added with key vitamins and minerals to improve their nutritional content.

Facts For Prelims

Earthshot Prize:

Launched by PRINCE William and The Royal Foundation.

It offers £50m (US$65m) in funding for solutions to the environmental and climate crises.


  • To provide an incentive to find solutions to repair the planet over the next decade.
  • To improve living standards globally and find environmental solutions that work on every level through new ways of thinking, new technologies, systems, and policies.

The prize is centred around five Earthshot challenges:

  1. Protect and restore nature.
  2. Clean our air.
  3. Revive our oceans.
  4. Build a waste-free world.
  5. Fix our climate.

The prize is open to anyone – individuals or teams – which could comprise engineers, activists, schools, economists, governments, banks, businesses, and regions.

The prize money will be used to support the projects to help scale the work.


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