16 Jun 2014
Government leadership and substantial investment in research are needed to shift global consumption habits towards eating patterns that are both healthy and sustainable, say academics, industry and NGOs representatives in a new report.
The report, Changing What We Eat, published today by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), part of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, outlines the work needed to shift societies to consumption patterns that can meet both public health and environmental goals.
Research is now needed in three key areas, say those involved in the report:
- What are healthy sustainable eating patterns?
- How do we eat now, why, and what are the health and sustainability implications?
- How do we achieve positive change?
Experts say global trends in eating habits – including increasing meat consumption in many parts of the world - are detrimental both to the environment and to human health, and that a significant shift in consumption practices among high consuming populations is needed. The food system contributes to some 20-30 per cent of human-generated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,...