A published comment in the Lancet Planetary Health Journal, Improving nutrition and immunity with dry chain and integrated pest management food technologies in LMICs
"Multidisciplinary efforts are needed to minimize food toxins by implementation of interventions like integrated pest management and cold and dry chains, followed by sensitive toxin monitoring of domestic and imported food and feed products. High-moisture foods need cold chain (refrigerated) protection to minimize nutrient losses and wastage. Implementing analogous pesticide-free dry chain protective measures for low moisture products, particularly seeds and grains, will additionally enable food reserves for disasters such as COVID-19, improve trade ratios, and complement nutritional security, even during normal periods. Although LMICs often put emphasis on the economics of food production rather than on its quality, the measures that have been undertaken to limit the COVID-19 pandemic and associated global economic stress exemplify that human health must be above economic concerns. Thus, LMICs should prioritize minimization of food toxins to conform to FAO/WHO Codex standards and protect human health. Implementation of a combination of toxin mitigation strategies followed by sensitive monitoring procedures will improve food security, reduce malnutrition, enhance immunity, and minimize the effect of both non-communicable and infectious diseases."
Dahal, P. et al. (2020) Improving nutrition and immunity with dry chain and integrated pest management food technologies in LMICs. Lancet Journal of Planetary Health. Vol 4 July 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30143-1