Planet-based diets can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent

Planet-based diets can globally reduce food-based greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 per cent, wildlife loss by up to 46 per cent, agricultural land-use by at least 40 per cent, and premature deaths by at least 20 per cent, says WWF, which has launched ‘Planet-Based Diets’, a new approach to healthy food choices.

WWF has launches Planet-Based Diets, a new platform to support food choices that can help ensure a healthy planet as well as healthy people., announced a statement.  The initiative offers both an impact and action calculator and a global report and framework.

The Planet-Based Diets Impact & Action Calculator is customized across 13 food groups, and built on bespoke datasets and analysis for 147 countries. Also offered by Planet-Based Diets is the report ‘Bending the Curve: The Restorative Power of Planet-Based Diets’, showing that transitioning to planet-based diets delivers high human health benefits and low environmental impacts, including a more stable climate, less wildlife loss and more space for it to thrive.

“Dietary changes take place at the local level, so it was important for us to translate the global agenda into actionable national-level analysis,” said Brent Loken, WWF’s Global Food Lead Scientist and lead author of the report. “There is no one size fits all solution. For instance in some countries there needs to be a significant reduction in the consumption of animal-source foods, while in others there may need to be an increase to tackle burdens of undernutrition.”

The Planet-Based Diets platform also provides open source data for 147 countries on the dietary-related impacts of eight human and environmental health indicators, adds the statement.

With next year’s UN Food Systems Summit aiming to catalyse bold new actions and advance the Sustainable Development Goals, WWF is calling for the redesign of National Dietary Guidelines (NDGs), to equate healthy eating with sustainable eating, and implementation of ambitious national food plans.

Photo credit: Andreas Beer, flickr/Creative Commons

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