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EAT-Lancet Commission recommendations create a fuss

American Feed Industry Association rep says report is "organized attack on animal agriculture."

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brings together more than 30 world-leading scientists from across the globe to reach a scientific consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet. The report is the culmination of a three-year project bringing together 37 experts from 16 countries. –

The Commission is delivering the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.

The EAT-Lancet Commission addresses the need to feed a growing global population a healthy diet while also defining sustainable food systems that will minimize climate impact.

Global consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to decrease by about half to make sure the Earth will be able to feed a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050, according to the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. At the same time, people will need to double the amount of plant-based foods they eat.  – U.S. News and World Report

Dietary guidelines in the report call for filling half of each plate with fruits and vegetables and the other half with mostly whole grains, plant protein, unsaturated plant oils and “modest amounts of animal sources of protein.” – The London Free Press

In addition to cutting food waste and halving meat consumption, the report calls for shifting agricultural policies toward promoting the production of healthier foods, using more “climate friendly” farming practices and passing stronger policies on land and ocean management. - Inside Climate News

Joel Newman, president and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association, called the report “another organized attack on animal agriculture that is not reflective of the current and accurate science.” – Feedstuffs

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, called the recommendations “overly simplistic” and said they do “not allow for economic or market realities,” Bord Bia said “we need to find a balance between producing food to meet global demand while also sustaining the planet for future generations.” – AgriLand Ireland

In India, two states have taken the lead in demonstrating how natural farming can be water efficient, help conserve biodiversity and eliminate phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizers. – Hindustan Times

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