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Biofortified foods

 

Source: Business Line

 Context: The Indian industry aims to create separate branding for biofortified foods, similar to “organic” products, to enhance their popularity.

  • To promote access to nutrient-rich crops, the government is seeking the assistance of the private sector.

About Biofortification:

  • Biofortification is a process of enhancing the nutritional content of crops by increasing the levels of essential vitamins and minerals.
  • It is a targeted approach to address nutrient deficiencies in populations, particularly in regions where people have limited access to diverse and nutritious diets.

 

The main objective of biofortification is to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations, especially in developing countries where malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are prevalent. By enhancing the nutrient content of staple crops, such as rice, wheat, maize, and beans, biofortification aims to provide a sustainable and cost-effective solution to combat malnutrition and related health issues.