ABC Opinion: Why the Western diet needs to shift to a 'planetary health diet' in the age of climate change


Nutritionist and dietitian Dr Rosemary Stanton, who is part of DEA's Scientific Advisory Committee, and DEA member Dr Kris Barnden, examine the results of a recent major scientific report by The Lancet-EAT commission. The three-year study calls for transformative change in how we grow our food and what we eat to improve health, save the planet from further damage to our environment and feed an anticipated 10 billion people by 2050. 

The Lancet-EAT "planetary health diet" recommends doubling global consumption of vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes, ditching refined grains in favour of wholegrains, and at least halving our consumption of red meat and sugar. 

Our authors give examples of the delicious and nutritious "flexitarian" diet. They also highlight that to transform our farm to fork practices, we not only need major personal changes but also political will to drive the deep systemic shifts necessary for our survival. 

The next election is an ideal time to put our health and the health of our planet front and centre.

The article was first published in ABC Opinion on 27 January 2019. Read it in full HERE.

Further reading

Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems

https://www.thelancet.com/commissions/EAT

Health, sustainable diet and agriculture

https://www.dea.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Health---Sustainable-Diet-and-Agriculture-Position-Statement-03-18.pdf

Blueprint for the next generation of environmental laws

http://apeel.org.au

Image: The Lancet


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