PLANETARY HEALTH DIET: background

As a dietitian with a passion for the world, I feel it’s my duty to spread info from this well-done report: “Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems.”

While it may be heavily critiqued among various groups (farmers, environmentalists, journalists, and likely some dietitians), I think the report is a phenomenal and thorough start to an enormous topic of importance – feeding our growing population while maintaining utmost integrity of our planet and all the other beloved creatures on it. In it’s mere 46 pages (including a hefty number of references), many topics were discussed that may be of importance to scientists, policy makers, environmentalists and sustainability experts, farmers and ranchers, dietitians, and influencers to name a few.

As stated on the EAT website (https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/eat-lancet-funding/), the report was independently peer-reviewed prior to publication and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Commissioners are independent scientists who did not receive any financial compensation for contributing to the report by the Wellcome Trust or EAT (which is financed only by sources which are non-profit), but rather only by their own institutions.

First a little background. The EAT-Lancet Commission consists of 2 co-chairs, 19 Commissioners, and 18 co-authors among fields: human health, agriculture, political science, and environmental sustainability. These professionals were from 16 varying countries.


The official title of the report is Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The focus is on two “end-points” of the global food system: final consumption (healthy diets) and production (sustainable food production) for healthier humans and a healthier planet so we can feed the projected 10 billion people by 2050 all while not destroying the environment in the process.

Researchers state “the data are both sufficient and strong enough to warrant immediate action. Delaying action will only increase the likelihood of serious, even disastrous, consequences. It is clear too that a Great Food Transformation will not occur without widespread multi-sector, multi-level action, which must be guided by scientific targets.”

As a dietitian, there are many areas of interest to me in the report – most of all “final consumption (healthy diets)”. I plan on covering these here on the blog and on my Instagram page @leafygreens.woodenforks – follow me on this journey for a healthier you and a healthier planet!

https://www.instagram.com/leafygreens.woodenforks

Written by Stacy Ramirez, MS, RDN, LD

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