Important new report from the EAT-Lancet Commission — Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems

A major new report from The EAT-Lancet Commission for Food, Planet, and Health examines scientific targets for a healthy diet that places food production within planetary boundaries. The report was written by 37 world experts in health, environmental sustainability, food systems, economics, and political governance. It argues that food security and environmental sustainability can co-exist, and that it is possible to feed the world’s population a healthy diet while minimizing hard to the planet.

The report describes a plant-forward diet that focuses on eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while eating fewer animal products, and highly processed foods. This diet can prevent chronic illnesses and premature mortality, and may also benefit the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, preventing biodiversity loss, land loss, and water pollution.

In order to achieve the goal of a healthy planet and optimal population health, the EAT-Commission Report identifies five strategies:

1) Policies that encourage people to choose healthy diets (increasing availability and accessibility of healthy foods)
2) Greater production of varied nutrient-rich crops and supportive agricultural policies to create incentives, programs, and research funding
3) Sustainable agriculture, using appropriate practices to generate sustainable high quality crops
4) Effective governance of land and ocean use to protect the environment
5) Reducing food waste by half

Read the full EAT Lancet report.

The EAT-Lancet report is coming to Toronto! Be sure to check this website regularly for information about the March 25th public event featuring a panel discussion of top speakers, including Dr. Fabrice Declerck, Scientific Director of the EAT Foundation.