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Eat Lancet’s Planetary Health Diet: Plant-based food as part of the solution

date
17.01.2019

The Alpro Foundation welcomes the EAT-Lancet report and its cut-through recommendations for feeding people healthily while protecting the planet. Current dietary trends, combined with projected population growth, will increase risks to people and the planet. A transformation to healthy diets from sustainable food systems is vital.

The EAT-Lancet commission calculated it is possible to feed 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries by 2050. The main conclusion is: this can only be achieved through widespread, multisector, multilevel actions, which include a substantial global shift towards healthy and more plant-based dietary patterns, large reductions in food loss and waste, and major improvements in food production practices.

The planetary health diet is defined by the EAT-Lancet commission as a flexitarian diet, which is largely plant-based but can optionally include modest amounts of fish, dairy foods, while drastically reducing the intake of meat. Transformation to these healthy dietary patterns by 2050 will require substantial global dietary shifts with a drastic increase of global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.

The report proposes an intake of 25g soybeans per day (range up to 50g) which would give approximately 10g of protein (up to 20g) per day, which equals the amount of protein in 200-400 ml of soydrink.

A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal-derived foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits. One of the major findings in their calculations were dietary changes from current predominantly animal-based diets towards the planetary health diet could prevent approximately 11 million deaths per year, which represent between 19% to 24% of total deaths among adults.

In general, a synergistic combination of substantial shifts towards flexitarian plant-based dietary patterns, large reductions in food losses and waste, and major improvements in food production practices will be needed to feed 10 billion people within the planetary boundaries by 2050.

In line with the recommendations of the EAT-Lancet report, we believe in a transition to a more-plant based diet respecting the planetary bounderies

Reference:

Willett W, Rockstrom J, Loken B et al. Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Lancet 2019;10-6736.

https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/

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- Alpro Foundation

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