The EAT-Lancet Planetary Health Diet

More than a diet

In an Editorial published in The Lancet on Jan 16, 2019 was declared to be the year of nutrition. And indeed, this announcement was set to coincide with the launch of two Commissions investigating the links between food systems, human health, and the environment.

The first, the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems focused on identifying the challenges inherent to maintaining food systems that are both environmentally sustainable and beneficial for human health, whereas the second report, The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change, was centred around human systems and their role in the interplay between climate, nutrition, and health.

Both Commissions make planetary health central to their messages, with the so-called planetary health diet arising from the EAT-Lancet Commission bringing the concept to a broad new audience. With debates around this diet reverberating in canteens and kitchens across the world, planetary health has rarely been discussed more...

Article excerpt published under a Creative Commons license. First published in The Lancet Planetary Health Volume 3, Issue 2, February 2019. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd, doi: