Fighting 'hidden hunger' with micronutrients in fortified foods

Lack of key nutrients in food impedes growth 

For years, boosting agricultural production was believed to be the solution to world hunger and malnourishment. But years of intensive farming with chemical fertilizers and pesticides has done little to move the needle on food insecurity, health metrics or life expectancy.

Today, experts have identified a new kind of hunger—one caused not by lack of food but by food that lacks essential micronutrients necessary for growth and development. 

Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals such as iodine, vitamin A, iron, zinc, calcium, and many others. 


Katie Martin