Our diets inextricably link health and environmental sustainability, and have the potential to nurture both. However, current diets are pushing the earth beyond its planetary boundaries, while causing ill health.
This puts both people and the planet at risk. Professor Tim Lang’s talk will focus on the immediate challenge of providing healthy diets from sustainable food systems as the global population continues to grow. Transforming eating habits, improving food production, and reducing food waste will all be needed. The diet that could save the world is a healthy diet that consists primarily of whole grains, protein sources mainly from plants with reduced amounts of animal-based foods, refined grains, highly processed foods, and added sugars, and with unsaturated rather than saturated fats.