2016 Food policy

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, par. 19 (2016)

Text of the recommendation

19. Poverty and inequality are drivers of obesity and micronutrient deficiency, in addition to undernutrition. Low-income populations are particularly vulnerable to obesity. Processed foods tend to be highly accessible and relatively cheap and can be stored for long periods without spoiling. In the United States of America for instance, low-income neighbourhoods often lack food retailers that sell fruits, vegetables, whole grains and alternative low-fat options. Unable to afford healthier food options, individuals may become overreliant on poor-quality foods, essentially being forced to choose between economic viability and nutrition and exposed to “double malnutrition”.


Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Interim Report on the right to food, A/71/282, (2016). Par. 19. Available at: https://undocs.org/A/71/282