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Food in the Anthropocene:
The need for a radical global food transformation

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Food systems are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. They are the main user of fresh-water, a leading driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change, and cause eutrophication or dead zones in lakes and coastal areas. Simultaneously, unhealthy diets are the leading risk factor for disease worldwide, causing rapidly growing rates of non- communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancers...Given that the current food system has detrimental effects on both planetary and human health, a radical global transformation is needed."

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EAT-LANCET COMMISSION ON FOOD, PLANET, HEALTH | 2019

"Malnutrition in all its forms, including obesity, undernutrition, and other dietary risks, is the leading cause of poor health globally. In the near future, the health effects of climate change will considerably compound these health challenges. Climate change can be considered a pandemic because of its sweeping effects on the health of humans and the natural systems we depend on (ie, planetary health). These three pandemics—obesity, undernutrition, and climate change—represent The Global Syndemic that affects most people in every country and region worldwide."

THE GLOBAL SYNDEMIC: THE LANCET COMMISSION REPORT | 2019

Interlinked triple pandemics of obesity, under-nutrition & climate change pose grave threat to humanity

The Global Syndemic

"Parts of the global report make sombre reading. It is deeply concerning that in so many production systems in so many countries biodiversity for food and agriculture and the ecosystem services it provides are reported to be in decline. The foundations of our food systems are being undermined, often, at least in part, because of the impact of management practices and land-use changes associated with food and agriculture. It is also abundantly clear that the state of knowledge of many components of biodiversity, including in particular invertebrates and micro-organisms, is very inadequate and that this contributes to their neglect."

STATE OF THE WORLD'S BIODIVERSITY FOR FOOD & AGRICULTURE, FAO | 2019

"Debilitating" biodiversity loss makes for sombre reading, according to FAO Director-General

State of the World's Biodiversity

Healthier, more plant-based diets critical for keeping within planetary boundaries

"Our analysis suggests that staying within the planetary boundaries of the food system requires a combination of measures: GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions cannot be sufficiently mitigated without dietary changes towards more plant-based diets."

Kiwi plant-based doctor says lifestyle therapies are the way forward

OPTIONS FOR KEEPING THE FOOD SYSTEM WITHIN ENVIRONMENTAL LIMITS, NATURE | 2018

THE LANCET | 2018

Meat reduction

Prestigious medical journal says:"We need to talk about meat"

So what is a healthy amount of red or processed meat? It's looking increasingly like the answer, for both the planet and the individual, is very little. Saying this is one thing. Getting the world to a place where we have the ability to balance the desire to eat whatever we want with our need to preserve the ecosystem we rely on to sustain ourselves is quite another. The conversation has to start soon."

WRIGHT ET AL. | 2017

Whole food, plant-based

The BROAD Study: New Zealand's whole food plant-based intervention trial

This programme led to significant improvements in BMI, cholesterol and other risk factors. To the best of our knowledge, this research has achieved greater weight loss at 6 and 12 months than any other trial that does not limit energy intake or mandate regular exercise."

Living Planet Report

Biodiversity in crisis:
Agriculture & over-exploitation the biggest threats

We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and the grave situation we are facing. We may also be the last generation that can do something about it. We all have a role to play in reversing the loss of nature – but time is running out. Between now and 2020 we have a unique opportunity to influence the shape of global agreements and targets on biodiversity, climate and sustainable development – for a positive future for nature and people.

LIVING PLANET REPORT, WWF | 2018