Venison, pike and berries are against hypertension and obesity. Deputies listened to scientists
15:51 5 декабря 2018
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On the 5th of December deputies discussed food safety and health of tundra-dwellers at the extended session of the Committee of the Legislative Assembly of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on development of agro-industrial complex and affairs of indigenous peoples of the North. In the video mode they listened to reports of scientists from Nadym and Moscow, took their recommendations to consideration and discussed what could be done to implement them.
Thus, doctor of medical sciences Andrey Lobanov spoke on the topic of consumption of traditional food products by indigenous population. The deputy director of the department of agro-industrial complex of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Stanislav Zakrevsky told about resources and prospects of agro-industrial complex of Yamal on providing of food safety in the region. Candidate of medical sciences Andrey Popov outlined preventive significance of traditional nutrition. Ruslan Kochkin, a researcher in the scientific center for study of the Arctic, underlined the role of traditional food products in adaptation to arctic conditions. A researcher from the Moscow Federal Research Centre of Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Safety Irina Kobelkova spoke on the report “Biological value of traditional food products”.
The chairman of the specialized committee of the Legislative Assembly of Yamal Marat Abdrakhmanov explained to journalists that the deputies chose the extensive topic of food safety, and this time they limited it with indigenous population, whose main food includes venison, fish, berries.
“According to scientific research, nomads recently began to eat less fish, and more – freeze dried products”, — Marat Abdrakhmanov said. – “If it is more or less normal for newly-arrived population, then for indigenous people, who have been eating traditional food for centuries, this is one of the reasons for appearing of diseases that they did not have before, such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and others. This especially touches upon representatives of indigenous ethnic minorities of the North, who live in villages”.
According to the deputy, through the prism of nutrition of indigenous peoples and food safety recommendations will be given to all northerners what they need to eat in extreme conditions of the Far North to maintain health. And this session is just the beginning of work on the current topic.
Marat Abdrakhmanov considers it necessary, despite the fact that the significant amount of venison is exported, not to forget about own region. After all, big towns in the south-east of the region need bigger amount of local meat and fish. The pike, which surpasses whitefish (muksun) on many useful properties, is still undervalued in Yamal. According to the deputy, people, maybe, have not yet tasted these local products well enough, and it needs to introduce culture of traditional food to them. The parliamentarians of Yamal started discussing this and many other measures.