Food, Planet, Health: A City of Toronto Response to the EAT-Lancet Commission’s Global Call to Action

Food, Planet, Health Event Panel

On March 25th, Toronto Public Health and Live Green Toronto hosted a sold-out public event to highlight the relationship between food, health and the planet, and explore how the findings of the EAT-Lancet Commission’s global scientific review can be applied to Toronto. The Commission’s report links what we eat with climate change and other forms of environmental destruction, but presents a hopeful picture that changes in our diets can make us healthier while living within planetary environmental boundaries.

The event featured a presentation from Dr. Fabrice de Clerck, Science Director of the EAT Foundation and one of the authors of the EAT-Lancet Commission Report.

Dr. de Clerck’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Toronto Food Policy Council’s Lori Stahlbrand about how these findings can be applied to Toronto. Panellists included Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health; David Miller, North American Regional Director & Global Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and former Mayor of Toronto; Makiko Taguchi from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and Paul Taylor of FoodShare Toronto. There was also time for many questions from the audience.

A video of the panel discussion is available online.

Check out some of the highlights below:

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The public event was followed by a day of consultation with policymakers and a session for City of Toronto staff to learn more about the EAT-Lancet Commission’s important findings and City of Toronto initiatives that support a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system, as well as an opportunity for input on next steps.