Eat the rich

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 Commission is delivering the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.

Right, so you’re going to tell everyone in the world what to eat. Ok. Good luck.

Why is the EAT-Lancet Commission needed?

Erm, I suppose the answer isn’t, “to give 22 full time staff and 30 affiliated scientists salaries and access to more research grants”?

Why is the EAT-Lancet Commission needed?

Food systems are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. They are the main user of fresh water, a leading driver of biodiversity loss, 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 (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart disease and cancers. Vast global undernutrition is adding mounting pressure to these challenges. In other words, how we grow, process, transport, consume and waste food is hurting both people and planet.

That paragraph started and ended with concern about the planet, with a little sliver of concerns about people as the meat in the sandwich.

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement targets to reduce carbon emissions means urgently and fundamentally changing the way we eat and produce food. But key questions remain unanswered and a lack of scientific consensus is slowing down governments, businesses and civil society actors who want to take action

Right, so it’s less about what the best diet is for me and my family and more about how I can change my diet to achieve the godawful wealth transfer for no tangible outcome that is the Paris Agreement.

• We don’t have a scientific consensus to define what is a healthy diet for all humans.

• We don’t have a comprehensive review of how food production must change to be sustainable.

• We don’t have clear, science-based guidelines telling all actors how we can provide humans with healthy diets from a sustainable food system.

Yes, understood; it’s about the planet more than my health.

In fact, if you really have any interest in reducing malnutrition you’d be spending all your time and effort trying to continue this trend;

Seriously; something has gone very seriously right in the fight against global malnutrition. Work out what it was and do more of it and NOW.

Bill’s Opinion

When I want advice on what changes to my diet I should make, I will ask a medical professional, not a climate scientist, and the opinion I will seek will be specific, not general.

The 22 staff of the Eat Forum team are paid a salary from money donated by The Stordalen Foundation, The Stockholm Resilience Centre, and The Wellcome Trust, the first two of which have “climate” as their prime concerns.

Don’t take dietary advice from people who’s agenda is to save the planet before saving individual humans and who, in fact, view humans populations as an exercise in statistics.

4 Replies to “Eat the rich”

  1. Love your work and agree wholeheartedly with your views on this, but if I may give some feedback it would be that you use a semi-colon in places where you should use a colon.

      1. You also say “reign” where “rein” is appropriate. This food business is strange. The waste narrative is entirely about fruit and veggies. Nobody seems to be very worried about meat waste. I have to say I feel more than a little peed off at the idea of a cute little calf being slaughtered all for nothing. A wasted brussels sprout, meh.

        Never before in the history of mankind has so little food been wasted. Superior plant genetics that result in longer shelf life, superior growing techniques including low-impact pesticides that result in pathogen-free food, superior harvesting that gathers the crop in a tight window around optimal ripeness, superior packaging in plastic and other materials that prolongs freshness and prevents damage en route to the retailer, superior transport that can connect producers with consumers and eliminate local shortages or gluts, superior labeling that informs the customer of nutritional value and best-by dates (should I use a colon or semi here) let’s not forget good old-fashioned capitalist greed that abhors the lost profit that waste represents.

        1. “You also say “reign” where “rein” is appropriate.”

          Have I don’t that more than once? I’d be surprised, it’s a difference I’m aware of. Perhaps it was autocorrect and me not spotting it.

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