Less red meat, more fruit and vegetables for the future of people and planet—new report
A major new report says we need to reduce our consumption of unhealthy foods such as red meat and eat more fruit and vegetables.
A group of international scientists published the EAT–Lancet report.
The report says that by making changes to our diet we could help save lives and save the planet.
The report also states that with 10 billion people expected to live on Earth by 2050, a continuation of today’s diets would mean issues around health and the environment.
Walter Willett at Harvard University said:
"The world’s diets must change dramatically.
"We are not talking about a deprivation diet here; we are talking about a way of eating that can be healthy, flavourful and enjoyable.
"The numbers for red meat sound small to a lot of people in the UK or US, but they don’t sound small to the very large part of the world’s population that already consumes about that much or even less. It is very much in line with traditional diets."
The scientists have produced a recommended diet, that advises people to consume 2,500 calories per day, with low amounts of animal-based foods.
Despite the report being compiled by some of the best scientists in the world, the meat industry has responded to the report with scepticism.
KatieRose McCullough, Ph.D., MPH, North American Meat Institute Director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs said:
"Health for people and the planet are two complex issues that demand comprehensive solutions across a range of stakeholders. Food can certainly play a role and following science-based dietary guidance is an important step toward improving people’s health.
"However, the EAT-Lancet Commission's recommendations differ dramatically from consensus nutrition science and U.S. dietary guidance.
"Americans consume the recommended amount of meat and poultry, which provide nutrition that cannot simply be replaced by another food. In fact, the report's "fad diet" approach that recommends people radically reduce or even eliminate meat from their diets could have substantial damaging public health consequences."
'The Planetary Health Diet'
The 'planetary health diet' recommended by the EAT-Lancet Commission would allows the following maximum of each food type:
A launch event for the EAT-Lancet Commission summary report takes place later in Oslo.