The Report

Transforming the food system is the key to improving human health and the health of the planet.


Unhealthy food is the leading cause of disease worldwide, and undernutrition is a problem that persists across the globe.

At the same time, food production is causing untold stress to the planet. It is responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest driver of biodiversity loss and freshwater depletion.

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 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:

  • 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.

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health is taking on these challenges. Their report will be published by The Lancet in late 2018. The Commission’s five Working Groups are investigating:

1) What is a healthy diet?
2) What is a sustainable food system?
3) What are the trends shaping diets today?
4) Can we achieve healthy diets from sustainable food systems? How?
5) What are the solutions and policies we can apply?

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