The EAT-Lancet Commission
This is why Rockstrom and nineteen other world renowned scientists have formed the EAT-Lancet Commission and embarked on the lofty challenge of helping to inform how a transition toward a healthy and sustainable global food system could be achieved, and what implications doing so might have for meeting both the Sustainable Dietary Goals of the United Nations and the Paris Climate Agreement.
"The new Commission will, for the first time, scientifically assess whether a global transformation to a food system delivering healthy diets from sustainable food systems to a growing world population is possible, and what implications it might have for attaining the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. The EAT–Lancet Commission will explore synergies and trade-offs between food-related human and planetary health; identify knowledge gaps, barriers, and levers of change in support of the recent international agreements; and tackle issues such as food-price volatility and food waste. It will explore which companies control the global food system and how behavioural change of consumers and producers could push the world onto a more sustainable course. And finally, the Commission will provide economic metrics to quantify the costs and savings of transforming the food system."(1)
EAT is an independent, international consortium of research institutes, NGOs, and philanthropic foundations, that envisages a "transformation of the global food system to sustainably feed a healthy population of over nine billion people by 2050.”(2)
It is great to see the world renowned medical journal, The Lancet, on board with such an endeavour, especially since its most recent Commission on Health & Climate Change barely mentioned agriculture’s impact on the environment, nor did it address the climate change mitigation potential of dietary change (not to mention the numerous health co-benefits).