As soon as the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet and Health was announced, the food, health and environment community started talking. Here is a round-up of reactions when we launched…
Johan Rockström was interviewed in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) about his goals for the commission. He told journalist Thomas Frostberg:
“This is a sort of mini version of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but in the field of sustainable and healthy food, brought together to survey the state of knowledge in the field. That is no small task. Food production alone could blow the Climate Agreement and stop us from achieving the goals from Paris. It is shocking that we have so little focus on food when it is so influential. For example, 70 percent of all water that is taken out the world’s rivers goes to agriculture.
Johan Rockström, Gunhild Stordalen and Richard Horton published a comment in The Lancet, calling the commissioners “a unique interdisciplinary group of world-leading experts from health, economics, behavioural psychology, food systems, governance, and Earth system science.”
Stockholm Resilience Centre said the EAT-Lancet Commission would produce “new solutions for our global food system”.
The Food Climate Research Network announced some of the key issues expected to be tackled in the EAT-Lancet Commision’s report:
“…synergies and trade-offs between food-related human and planetary health; […] knowledge gaps, barriers, and levers of change in support of the recent international agreements; […] food-price volatility and food waste […] which companies control the global food system and how behavioural change of consumers and producers could push the world onto a more sustainable course.”
UK-based Wellcome Trust, the world’s largest medical research charity and key supporter of the EAT-Lancet Commission, emphasized the roadmap for transforming food systems that will follow the Commission’s initial
research. Johan Rockström, co-chair of the Commission, told Wellcome Trust:
“Although challenging, this transformation is possible. Changes in dietary choices, such as reduced
red meat consumption, could avoid further deforestation, reduce global mortality by 6-10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29-70% by 2050″
EU research initiative Inherit wrote on their pages that the research expected from the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet and Health will complement and fill the gaps left by two previous, celebrated, Lancet initiatives – the Commission on Planetary Health and the Commission on Climate Change and Health.