Food in the Anthropocene: The Eat-Lancet Commission on healthy diets

Walter Willett, Johan Rockström, Brent Loken, Marco Springmann, Tim Lang, Sonja Vermeulen, et al.

This landmark paper does not only make recommendations, it shows what can be done with the global resources we have and are likely to have in the future. The transformation that the EAT-Lancet Commission calls for strong and effective collaboration between public and private sectors. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in the health and wellbeing of our planet and in the global food system. Significantly, the report makes recommendations about what and how much we should eat to sustain human nutrition in the context of building a sustainable food chain. It is the first time scientific targets for healthy diets have been aligned with targets for a sustainable food system in one framework. The report finds that the current rate of consumption of red meat and dairy is a significant factor affecting the world’s health.

If you are just looking for the headlines, EAT has put together a video, a podcast and a summary and tailored briefs of the EAT Lancet report.

You may also be interested in: Q&A: ‘Transformation takes time,’ Richard Horton on the EAT-Lancet Commission diet


This paper marks a really important step for aligning nutrition and sustainability, but you may also want to check out some responses to it: there are some unanswered questions, recommendations need to be adapted and contextualised for local realities, additional considerations for the world's poor, aligning the recommendations and sustainable food production, and concerns recommendations are nutritionally deficient

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