“Progressive” food businesses are being urged to spearhead the global fight against the triple threat of obesity, undernutrition and climate change.
Last week, a report by medical journal the Lancet called for a “Great Food Transformation” to heal the world’s faulty food system which sees nearly one billion people go hungry, almost two billion eat too much of the wrong type of food and puts unsustainable pressure on the planet.
The planetary health diet would see a reduction in consumption of red meat among people in industrialised nations and an increase in the intake of essential micronutrients among people in low-income countries.
Now, a follow-up report from the Lancet is laying out how such a transformation would take effect.
It calls for a new global framework – such as the World Health Organization’s framework on tobacco control which has led to major reductions in the use of tobacco around the world – to restrict the influence of the food industry in policy making and to mobilise governments, business and consumers to create a healthier and more sustainable food industry.