Move over Atkins and keto diets: an international commission of scientists is calling 2019 the year of the Planetary Health Diet. The diet—which prioritizes plants and limits the intake of highly processed foods and foods from animal sources—is the cornerstone of the “Great Food Transformation”, a movement that researchers and experts say is crucial to improve human health and avoid potentially disastrous damage to the planet. The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health gathered 37 scientists from 16 countries to define what makes up a healthy and sustainable diet–a diet that will reduce people’s risk of conditions like diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease while at the same time save the planet. Providing nearly 10 billion people with healthy and sustainable diets by the year 2050 is one of the most urgent challenges of our times, according to the commission. (EAT is a Stockholm-based non-profit that’s working toward a science-based food-system transformation; the Lancet is a collection of medical journals.) Food production is largest cause of global environmental change, the commission reports, responsible for up to 30 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions and 70 percent of freshwater use. Meanwhile, more than 820 million people around the world are undernourished and […]

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