This Is The Diet That Will Save Our Planet, New Reports Says

This Is The Diet That Will Save Our Planet, New Reports Says

Meat Industry Ireland (MII) has come out swinging in response to the publication of a controversial scientific report outlining what it claims are "healthy diets" from sustainable food systems.

It would also reduce the damaging effects of climate change, soil erosion, deforestation and loss of biodiversity.

The solution, based on three years of modelling studies, is a diet consisting of around 35pc of calories obtained from whole grains and tubers, and protein mostly derived from plants.

At the same time, people will need to double the amount of plant-based foods they eat, including nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, experts said.

Daily poultry consumption would be confined to 29 grams - equivalent to one and a half nuggets - and fish to 28 grams, a quarter of a medium sized fillet.

Those who enjoy eggs in the morning will also be limited to around 1.5 per week, the EAT-Lancet Commission said.

While the recommended planetary health diet is substantially different from how Canadians eat, it aligns with both the 2007 Canada Food Guide and the proposed revisions, says Jess Haines, associate professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. "A combination of policies and practises will be needed to enable farmers to meet their ambitions but we must not forget the impact of a changing climate on food production - we only have to look back to the drought a year ago to see the effect it can have".

'While this is unchartered policy territory and these problems are not easily fixed, this goal is within reach and there are opportunities to adapt worldwide, local and business policies.

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The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brings together more than 30 world-leading scientists from across the globe to reach a scientific consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet.

The shift could prevent 10.8 to 11.6 million deaths annually, researchers said.

They say to stay within the planet's limits, we will need a combination of dietary change, improved food production through using better agriculture and technology and reduced food waste. If it's a global problem than the response must be global and that's going to mean a global move towards producing specific foods in the specific locations most scientifically suitable with least environmental stress.

The advice of governments and authorities across the world includes meat in their balanced diet recommendations and highlight the health benefits of red meat as a natural source of protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.

But the report's co-lead, Commissioner Professor Johan Rockström, said current methods of food production "now pose a threat to the stability of the planet". People also should choose unsaturated fats and consume only "small amounts of refined grains, such as white rice, highly processed foods and added sugars", the authors said. By looking at factors such as risk of development and global burden, they found that these types of deaths account for up to 24 percent of adult deaths each year, making a complete diet overhaul a necessary step toward improving overall global health.

"To have any chance of feeding 10 billion people in 2050 within planetary boundaries we must adopt a healthy diet, slash food waste, and invest in technologies that reduce environmental impacts", the study states.

According to this, you'd be able to eat one burger a week, or one large steak a month, a couple of portions of fish a week, with the same amount of chicken. This could not be achieved voluntarily, it maintained.

'They say they want to save the planet but it is not clear which planet are they on'.

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