July 13, 2023
Four years ago, the EAT-Lancet Commission published its recommendations for a universal healthy reference diet to sustainably transform global food systems by 2050. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging global health threats — infectious disease outbreaks and climate change, among others — have disrupted food supply, production, and distribution infrastructures. Currently, unhealthy diets, promoted by unsustainable food systems, account for 10.8 to 11.6 million premature deaths annually. The new EAT-Lancet Commission 2.0, including One Health Trust President Ramanan Laxminarayan, has pledged to review the latest evidence on quantifying a healthy reference diet and expand access to food produced using environmentally-conscious practices. They will also address imbalances in power, environmental exposure, and socioeconomic background as drivers of unequal access to healthy and sustainable food. The commission has also committed to assessing the relationship between climate change and food systems using methods employed by other key climate change platforms, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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