How and why you should choose UAE-grown food

You can help support the UAE’s National Food Strategy that aims to make sure there is enough nutritious food for us to eat all year round and here’s how.

Article first appeared in Abu Dhabi World

It’s that time of year when food is at the front of most of our minds, but are you buying UAE-grown produce?

If yes, you’re taking “a step in the right direction”… and we all want to do that if it means we’ll have enough food for us all in the future, right?

So. what’s this about?

New York University Abu Dhabi recently held a panel discussion called ‘Cooking the Nation: Global perspectives and local insights on culinary nationalism and diplomacy’.

It discussed food security of the future, particularly the UAE government’s National Food Security Strategy 2051 that aims to solve the region’s food problems and provide enough nutritious food all-year round.

UAE-grown produce can help support sustainability and contribute towards solving food and water security, Madar Farms’ Head of Operations, Kyle Wagner, said during the event in Abu Dhabi.

Madar Farms is working with the wider industry and education authorities to support the National Food Security Strategy.

“We are living in a diverse country where the supermarkets are full of different ingredients and products from many different countries.

“Sometimes, we do not look at which country vegetables come from but if we can help adults to think carefully and choose UAE-grown produce instead of one from another country, then we are going in the right direction,”  he said.

Madar Farms is one of the few local and sustainable growers in the GCC region with its technologies using approximately 95 per cent less water than traditional farming.

The company is working with the government to help the UAE be among the top 10 countries in the Global Food Security Index by 2021.

Currently, the UAE shares the 21st position with Japan on the 2019 global food security index rankings.

Wagner said that Madar Farms, an Emirati company is working alongside the government to achieve the best possible results in terms of food security.

The public, yes, that’s you, can also play a part by sorting through what they buy at supermarkets and local shops to make sure to choose UAE-grown produce.

So we say, choose wisely and eat well!

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