Media release: Doctors applaud new report on the future of food 



Doctors for the Environment Australia welcomes a ground breaking new report that hopes to dramatically transform the way we think about food. 

The EAT-Lancet Commission report outlines a win-win scenario aiming to bring about major health benefits and feed 10 billion people across the globe by 2050, as well as reducing the risks of climate change on food supply.

Leading dietitian and member of DEA’s scientific committee Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM says the report clearly highlights that unhealthy diets pose a great risk to our health.

 “Healthy food choices reduce preventable diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer,” says Dr Stanton. 

“This report shows us that to help people and the planet, now and into the future, we need at a global level to double consumption of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, choose wholegrains over refined grain foods, and halve added sugars and red meat.”

In a first attempt to set universal scientific targets for the food system that apply to both people and the planet, the Commission brings together 37 experts from 16 countries with expertise in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, food systems, economics and political governance. 

Dr Van Der Kallen, Chair of DEA NSW, says, “We have tended to think about food that is healthy for people and food that is healthy for the planet separately.

“This report shows we need to think about food in an integrated way if we want to protect the health of current and future generations.

“The report shows that feeding 10 billion people a healthy diet within safe planetary boundaries for food production by 2050 is possible, but we need to make substantial and urgent changes. 

“We need personal action and also significant action at government level to support healthy diets, halve our waste and food losses and reorient our food production systems.  

“We also need better governance of our land and seas with protection of the biodiversity that supports life.  This is consistent with the need for new national environmental laws with an independent authority to protect our environment and the ability to produce food into the future in a way that does not cost us the planet.  http://www.placesyoulove.org/australiawelove/naturelaws/

“If we are going to mitigate against climate change and provide ourselves with a healthy diet, then we need to urgently transition our agricultural systems,” says Dr Van Der Kallen. 

“We need our governments to act now, and this report has provided us with the targets for where we should be heading.”

Spokespersons

Dr Rosemary Stanton 

Dr John Van Der Kallen, Chair DEA NSW 

Dr Michael Schien, Secretary Diet and Agriculture DEA Subcommittee 

Please direct media inquiries to DEA's Communications and Media Coordinator Carmela Ferraro on 0410 703 074

Further resources

The EAT- Lancet Commission report

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

DEA’s position statement on 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

Places you love: a new generation of nature laws

http://www.placesyoulove.org/australiawelove/naturelaws/

About DEA

DEA is an independent organisation of medical doctors protecting health through care of the environment http://dea.org.au

We are supported by a Scientific Committee of distinguished health experts: Prof Stephen Boyden AM, Prof Emeritus Chris Burrell AO, Prof Peter Doherty AC, Prof Michael Kidd AM, Prof David de Kretser AC, Prof Stephen Leeder AO, Prof Ian Lowe AO, Prof Robyn McDermott, Prof Lidia Morawska, Prof Peter Newman AO, Prof Emeritus Sir Gustav Nossal AC, Prof Hugh Possingham, Prof Lawrie Powell AC, Prof Fiona Stanley AC, Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM, Dr Norman Swan



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