By Euro Weekly News Media • 14 June 2015 • 6:01
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QUEEN Letizia of Spain finds it unacceptable that food is thrown away across the world on a daily basis while 800 million people go hungry.Speaking in Rome for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Her Majesty Letizia took the floor to applause today (June 12) to give her first speech after being named as a special ambassador of the organisation.Queen Letizia promised to spread the goals of the organisation to end hunger and said that although progress has been made, there was still work to be done.The queen explained that more needed to be done to meet the challenge and reduce the terrifying numbers of people going hungry and said that to do so everyone needed to join in, from governments to private companies, society and individual people.Another matter the Spanish queen brought up was that of malnutrition, and said it was a ‘contemporary paradox’ that while millions of people had nothing to eat, more than one billion ate badly and too much, leading to weight problems and obesity.In the fight against both hunger and malnutrition, the queen stressed two points she considered vital: the role of women and the world’s agricultural and food industries.She pointed out the importance of companies actively collaborating and taking responsibility for general awareness of the need for a healthy lifestyle.Queen Letizia praised the traditional Mediterranean diet as an example of healthy, sustainable eating.After her appointment ceremony, the queen held a meeting with nutrition experts to lay out the guidelines for her new post and discuss what the first items on her agenda should be.
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