A radical new diet has the potential to improve public health , save countless lives, and protect our planet for future generations, according to a huge group of researchers.
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As the world's population continues to grow, experts have been warning for years that a radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed. Otherwise, we could never meet the Paris Climate Agreement or the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
"Global food production threatens climate stability and ecosystem resilience," writes Johan Rockström, a researcher in climate impacts at the Stockholm Resilience Center.
Bringing together lead scientists from around the world, the EAT-Lancet Commission has now developed what it calls "the planetary health diet ".
The good news is that you eat now is off-limits. Instead, it's all about moderation. For instance, you can enjoy a slab of juicy red meat, but only once a month or so.
The rest of the time, the authors argue that nuts and legumes should take care of their protein needs.
"Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 wants to require substantial dietary shifts," writes one of the researchers Walter Willett, an expert on epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard University.
"Global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes more than 50 percent. "
Meeting these ambitious targets will not be easy. Not only does it require a more flexible diet, it also wants to demand dramatic reductions in food losses and waste, and major improvements in food production practices.
If we are interested in the Commission's research, however, the revolutionary changes will be worth it. 2050.
Not only will the death toll be reduced by about 20 million deaths per year year, which represents nearly a quarter of all deaths among adults.
Naturally, there has been some push back since the report was released. The plant-based diets are better for a person's nutrition.
The authors, however, argue that the data they use – based on the doctrines of randomized controlled feeding studies –
If the Commission simply wanted to protect the environment, without a care for public health, the authors say they would have insisted on a vegan or vegetarian diet.
The goals are certainly ambitious, but the authors say they are both possible and necessary.
The Lancet .