EAT, a global non-profit start-up focused on transforming the global food system has teamed up with the scientific community at The Lancet, to launch the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health, a report examining how we eat globally and how these food choices impact on health and planetary health. Made of up over 36 members from 16 countries, the commission launched its report in Oslo on January 17th and there are plans in place to spread the message globally, that good food is a driver for change, and that a diet that includes more plant-based foods & fewer animal source foods is healthy, sustainable, as well as, good for both people and planet.
The Commission’s report delivers the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and details actions that we can take to support and speed up wider food system change. Essentially, the way we eat matters not only for our health but the health of the environment. Choosing to eat a varied diet, as consumers, means that we can have an impact on the entire food value chain, from what is available in shops all the way back to the farmers. But what does a diet for global planetary health look like? In short, it’s a diet that includes mostly plants; a variety of fruit, veg, pulses and legumes, nuts and seeds with reduced portions of animal products.
A planetary diet also means a shift away from unhealthy processed foods to more fresh and home cooked foods. The report notes that shifting from and unhealthy diets to the planetary health diet can prevent 11 million premature adult deaths per year and drive the transition toward a sustainable global food system by 2050 that ensures healthy food for all within planetary boundaries. To read the full report and find out more about what you can do is to visit their website.