EAT 🌍🌍🌍 The What - This week, Norway-based thinktank @eatfoundation & leading medical journal The Lancet launched the EAT-Lancet Commission Report, the product of 3 years work by 37 of the world's leading scientists. The report details a planetary health diet & food system overhaul designed to meet our nutritional & sustainability needs. Ambitious? You bet. The group estimates shifting to this planetary health diet would avoid 11 million premature deaths per year & feed the expanded population we will have by 2050.
🌍The Why. Globally, 2 billion people are overweight & obese, while over 2 billion others are malnourished. Non-communicable diseases cause 71% of deaths globally, & diet is a big lifestyle factor in all. We know how we currently eat isn't sustainable for the environment given our population is projected to hit over 9 billion by 2050. We know animal-derived foods, especially meat & dairy, carry a hefty carbon footprint, use up a lot of land & water & cause loss of species biodiversity. So we know that the way we're working, isn't working.
🌍What Does This Report Mean? By now, broadsheet & social media is saturated with various interpretations. I'm going share my 2 cents & also point out people I think have shared positive,realistic, responsible posts & perspectives on this topic - @thefoodmedic @sandrodemaio @dietetically_speaking @rhitrition.⭐In short, the Planetary health plate is a plant-focused diet, emphasising fruits&veg, plant protein from beans/lentils/peas/nuts, wholegrains, unsaturated plant oils, 'meat as a treat' essentially, & small amounts of dairy. .
🌍The HOW: The big question that will require TIME to tell & BIG commitment. Knowledge & skills around food preparation is KEY if we're going to encourage people of all levels of society to majorly reduce what may be diet staples providing e.g. protein, vitamin D, calcium, etc. The best START we can all make(as I said in my prior article/Podcast) is to eat within current healthy dietary guidelines. That small change alone makes a big difference. .
🌍Moderation, not deprivation - And recognising that those who ARE deprived of food need help with this the most👍 #theirishbalance