It has been 25 years since economic reforms in India. What has been the effect of liberalization on the average Indian’s diet? Is it any different today than what it was in 1991? Which of the periods saw more changes in our food plate: from Independence to economic reforms or the post-reform period?
The Food Balance Sheet prepared by FAOSTAT, Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO’s) database, allows such a comparison for India from 1961 to 2013. To be sure, the database does not tell us whether or not we are eating more pizzas than chapatis. But what it does tell us is how much of what food item (in raw form) is being used for food purposes.
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