EAT-Lancet Commission Publishes ‘Planetary Health Diet’ To Help Improve Global Nutrition, Support Environmental Sustainability

CNN: New ‘planetary health diet’ can save lives and the planet, major review suggests
“An international team of scientists has developed a diet it says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production to reduce further damage to the planet. The ‘planetary health diet’ is based on cutting red meat and sugar consumption in half and upping intake of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. And it can prevent up to 11.6 million premature deaths without harming the planet, says the report published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet…” (Avramova, 1/17).

Deutsche Welle: Pass the beans, hold the beef to save yourself and the planet
“…Researchers from the EAT-Lancet Commission said that if people followed the ‘Planetary Health’ diet, more than 11 million premature deaths could be prevented each year, greenhouse gas emissions would be cut, and more land, water, and biodiversity would be preserved. … The diet is the result of a three-year project commissioned by The Lancet and involving 37 specialists from 16 countries…” (1/17).

Newsweek: ‘Civilization is in Crisis’: Experts Create Diet to Protect Our Health and Planet
“…In an editorial published alongside the paper, The Lancet editors Tamara Lucas and Richard Horton argued: ‘Civilization is in crisis.’ ‘We can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources. For the first time in 200,000 years of human history, we are severely out of synchronization with the planet and nature,’ they wrote…” (Gander, 1/16).

New York Times: New Diet Guidelines to Benefit People and the Planet: More Greens for All, Less Meat for Some
“…The report took pains to say that it wasn’t trying to prescribe to people what to eat or how to eat. It laid out global targets for what constitutes a healthy diet, based on an average intake of 2,500 calories a day. That includes 14 grams, or about half an ounce, of beef or lamb a day. That’s roughly the equivalent of a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder every eight days…” (Sengupta, 1/16).

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