Brazil develops ‘superfoods’ to combat hidden hunger

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Eight biofortified foods are being developed to combat nutrient deficiencies that can cause blindness and anaemiaIn less than 10 years, consumers throughout Brazil will have access to eight biofortified “superfoods” being developed by the country’s scientists. A pilot scheme is under way in 15 municipalities.Biofortification uses conventional plant-breeding methods to enhance the concentration of micronutrients in food crops through a combination of laboratory and agricultural techniques.The goal is to combat micronutrient deficiencies, which can cause severe health problems such as anaemia, blindness, impaired immune response and development delays. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, micronutrient malnutrition affects 2 billion people globally.These efforts in Brazil b…