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A dramatic global change in diet and food production has the power to prevent roughly 11 million deaths each year and avoid climate change, the Eat-Lancet Commission says in a report published in the medical journal The Lancet.

The commission developed the new “planetary health diet” with the goal of feeding 10 billion people, healthfully and without damaging the planet, by 2050.

“Transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts. Global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double, and consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to be reduced by more than 50 per cent,” said Walter Willett, professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-chair of the commission. “A diet rich in plant-based foods and with fewer animal source foods confers both improved health and environmental benefits.”

Dietary guidelines include filling half of each plate with vegetables and fruits, and the other half with mostly whole grains, plant protein, unsaturated plant oils and “(optionally) modest amounts of animal sources of protein (fish, meat and dairy products).”

Source: National Post (link in bio)