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Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet

Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing all nations today leading to not only environmental but also economic and social consequences. It has increased the risk of weather-related natural disasters jeopardizing livelihoods, food security, clean water and sanitary conditions, which are essential for…

September 26, 2017 - Last update: July 4, 2022

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing all nations today leading to not only environmental but also economic and social consequences. It has increased the risk of weather-related natural disasters jeopardizing livelihoods, food security, clean water and sanitary conditions, which are essential for good nutrition. FAO warns that unless action on climate change is taken, 35-122 million people could fall into poverty from loss of incomes in the agriculture sector. The paper, according to its author, “connects the dots between sustainable food systems, dietary patterns, health, nutrition and climate change mitigation. It outlines the global frameworks and agreements on climate change, food and nutrition, exploring the many, complex ways in which diet affects climate change, and vice versa.”

Addressing climate change is no easy task, and the link between climate change and nutrition has not received adequate attention by the international community. There are trade-offs involved and innovative approaches needed to effectively promote environmental sustainability while pursuing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Making food systems sustainable is an important step, as are sustainable and healthy diets. Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet explains how this can be done.

 

Download UNSCN Discussion Paper – Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet (English)

Author: Cristina Tirado-von der Pahlen, Loyola Marymount University, Institute of Environment and Sustainability, University of California Los Angeles.

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