A diet to improve planetary health and human health

Changing what we eat and how our food is sourced could have significant benefits for human health and planetary health, according to experts.

A recent report from the EAT-Lancet Commission provided several recommendations for an optimal diet that accounts for environmental sustainability and healthy eating. Among the recommendations are eating less than half an ounce of red meat per day, which is significantly less than the estimated 2 to 3 ounces of red meat that Americans presently eat per day.

“This may seem a little extreme to many Americans, but this is actually in line with what the traditional Mediterranean diet was when the Greeks were the healthiest people in the world,” Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a January 27, 2019 NPR article.

Read the NPR article: This Diet Is Better For the Planet. But Is It Better For You, Too?

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Food system transformation needed for human and planetary health (Harvard Chan School news)