The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brought together 37 world-leading scientists from across the globe to answer this question: Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries? The answer is yes, but it will be impossible without transforming eating habits, improving food production and reducing food waste.
EAT is the science-based global platform for food system transformation. It is a global, non-profit start-up dedicated to transforming the global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships. The initiative’s visionis a fair and sustainable global food system for healthy people and planet. The initiative is guided by a set of principles that define their working culture:
- Scale bold systems change based on solid science
- Accelerate impact through collaboration
- Deliver disruptive solutions, where others can’t
- Embody diversity, honesty and integrity
- Champion fairness and equity, leaving no one behind
The EAT-Lancet report is the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation. Encouraging conclusion: it would be feasible to feed about 10 billion people healthily by 2050 without destroying the planet. However, the Western affluent nations would have to give up many eating habits: significantly less meat, fish and dairy products, much more vegetables, fruit, nuts and legumes, an average of 2,500 calories per day and person. Another EAT report focuses on “Diets for a Better Future” and states that G20 diets have a disproportionate impact on our climate and health. It gives answers who is leading and what is needed to ensure that the necessary greenhouse gas emission cuts are made.