Lancet Essay Competition

We need to re-assess how we use our land and how we restore land that has been degraded.The report is also based on the fact that billions of people do not have access to a secure and healthy diet and are undernourished.

for publishing a fully referenced, evidenced-based report on how to feed an increasing world population with a diet that’s both healthy and sustainable.

Over two years and after much diligent research, 37 experts from 16 countries with expertise in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, food systems, economics and political governance have produced this comprehensive EAT[1]– Commission report. Serious and extensive changes are needed to our food production system.

Sadly, from the comments, it appears these people haven’t actually read the report. Basically, the advice is that we need a major transformation in our eating habits and food production.

Reducing food waste and increasing food production are important aspects and usually given lip service by governments and many sections of the food industry, but on their own, they’re not enough to provide a sustainable diet on a global level.

Agriculture occupies 40% of global land, and food production is responsible for up to 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and 70% of freshwater use.

Modern methods of cultivation also contribute to biodiversity loss and the way nitrogen and phosphorus are used (actually mis-used) is unsustainable.

For those with such obsessions however, in the EAT – recommendations, carbohydrate sources are mainly wholegrains, fruit and legumes.

In keeping with evidence, added sugars are restricted to just 5% of daily energy.

However, governments spend little on promoting healthy eating and there’s stiff competition from heavily promoted junk food products.

It’s not surprising, then, that modern diets are dominated by a high consumption of animal foods and highly processed products.


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