A transformation to healthy diets would include more than doubling in the consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, scientists say.
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24.01.2019

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A radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed, according to the EAT-Lancet Commission, which has developed global scientific targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production.

“Food will be a defining issue of the 21st century. Unlocking its potential will catalyse the achievement of both the SDGs and Paris Agreement” the EAT-Lancet Commission writes in its report Food in the Anthropocene: The EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, published in January 2019.

The EAT-Lancet Commission brought together 37 leading scientists from 16 countries in various fields including human health, agriculture, political science and environmental sustainability. They call for widespread multi-sector, multi-level action including a substantial global shift towards healthy dietary patterns, large reductions in food loss and waste, and major improvements in food production practices.

Human health and environmental sustainability closely linked

The Commission presents an integrated global framework and provides quantitative scientific targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production. It maintains that feeding ten billion people a healthy diet within safe planetary boundaries for food production by 2050 is both possible and necessary.

The scientists point out that there is substantial scientific evidence that diets are linked to human health and environmental sustainability.

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