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Celebrate Food Diversity!

Greenpeace celebrates the natural diversity of food and farming! Genetically engineered (GE) food such as ‘Golden’ rice is environmentally irresponsible, poses risks to human health and could compromise food and nutrition security. Facilitating people's access to a varied diet of ecologically farmed food, through home and communal gardens, is the most effective and sustainable solution to tackle vitamin deficiencies in the long term and ensure healthy and nutritious food for people.

Fruit and Vegetables Stall in Quiapo Market, Manila. Pumpkins, squash flowers, water spinach and other vegetables are rich in vitamins (including pro-vitamin A) and minerals. These vegetables are widely available in local markets of the Philippines or can be grown in backyards and communal gardens.

Fruit Street Seller at Quinta Market, Manila. Woman holding marang (Artocarpus odoratissimus) a nutritious and healthy tropical fruit indigenous to the Philippines. It is rich in pro-vitamin A and other vitamins. Marang is widely available at local markets in the South of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Performer at Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, Philippines. Sinulog festival is a religious celebration attended by 3 million people who gather from the Philippines and all over the world. The celebration lasts for nine days with street dance performances themed after foods such fish, crab etc. Street food also plays an important role with local and national delicacies being served at the festival.

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Performer at Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, Philippines. Sinulog festival is a religious celebration attended by 3 million people who gather from the Philippines and all over the world. The celebration lasts for nine days with street dance performances themed after foods such fish, crab etc. Street food also plays an important role with local and national delicacies being served at the festival.

Woman Selling puso rice at Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, Philippines. Puso rice or “packed rice” is steamed rice cooked and wrapped in palm or coconut leaves. The leaves give a peculiar flavour to the rice, which is usually accompanied to other dishes or enjoyed as healthy on-the-go meal.

Teenagers Enjoying Traditional Street Food at Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, Philippines. Sinulog festival is a religious celebration attended by 3 million people from the Philippines and all over the world. The celebration lasts for nine days with street dances and performances. Street food plays an important role with local delicacies being served at the festival.

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Street Food at Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, Philippines. Sinulog festival is a religious celebration attended by 3 million people from the Philippines and all over the world. The celebration lasts for nine days with street dances and performances. Street food plays an important role with local delicacies being served at the festival.

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Seafood Gising Gising by Chef ‘Tatung’, Owner at Chef ‘Tatung’ Restaurant, Manila. Gising Gising is a traditional Filipino dish blending minced meat with green beans in a spicy coconut sauce. Chef Tatung’s interpretation of Gising Gising, blends seafood and spicy coconut sauce with vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers and water spinach, which are rich in pro-vitamin A and available at local markets in the Philippines.

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Farmers Pounding Rice, Banaue, Philippines. Rice is the main food source for half of the world's population and women play an important role in farming and preparing rice dishes that nourish their families. Different colored rice varieties contain different levels of various nutrients, which could help to alleviate vitamin deficiencies, better if accompanied by other food.

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Rice farmers Carrying Rice Seedlings for Planting, Banaue, Philippines. Rice terraces are diverse ecosystems where varied vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and watercress, are grown next to rice. Fish and snails are also found in the rice paddies. Families also maintain home gardens with chickens and pigs. Such crop and food diversity ensures a healthy and balanced diet for the farmers’ families and their communities.

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Women Farmers at Work at Sarilaya’s Center, Palayan City, Philippines. Sarilaya (gender freedom) is a Filipino non-government organization committed to empower women and promote gender equality through health development programs and sustainable agriculture. Women meet regularly for training and skill sharing at the Sarilaya training center, where organic vegetables and medicinal herbs are grown.

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Women Farmers at Work at Sarilaya’s Center, Palayan City, Philippines. Sarilaya (gender freedom) is a Filipino non-government organization committed to empower women and promote gender equality through health development programs and sustainable agriculture. Women meet regularly for training and skill sharing at the Sarilaya training center, where organic vegetables and medicinal herbs are grown.

People Enjoying Healthy Vegetarian Food at Corner Tree Cafe, Makati, Manila. Vegetarian restaurants catering to different budgets and offering healthy meals are featuring more and more in Manila. The Corner Tree Café, a vegetarian restaurant at the hearth of Manila’s financial district, testifies to the growing consciousness among Filipino middle class for healthy food.

Children Eating a Nutritious Meal at Philippine Information Agency Children's Crèche, Manila. The food served at the Arugaan children's crèche is healthy, locally sourced and seasonal. Ingredients are always carefully mixed to ensure that children have a balanced diet of essential nutrients for their development.