The Planetary Health Plate of 2050 is Sustainable, Healthy, & Plant Centric
How food is produced, what is consumed, and how much is lost or wasted all heavily shape the health of both people and the planet. The EAT-Lancet Commission presents an integrated global framework and for the first time, provides quantitative scientific targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production. The Commission shows that feeding 10 billion people a healthy diet within safe planetary boundaries for food production by 2050 is both possible and necessary.
This includes a more than doubling in the consumption of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, and a greater than 50% reduction in global consumption of less healthy foods such as added sugars and red meat
Some take-home guidelines are:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- The other half should be
- Whole grains
- Plant protein sources
- Unsaturated plant oils
- Modest amounts of animal protein (beef, fish, fowl, pork)
Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts. Staying within the safe operating space for food systems requires a combination of substantial shifts toward mostly plant-based dietary patterns, dramatic reductions in food losses and waste, and major improvements in food production practices.