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EAT-Lancet Report Recommends Drastic Reduction in Meat Consumption

by | January 20, 2019

A team of scientists commissioned by the Lancet Medical Journal has released a major report saying that we must reduce our meat intake in order to stay healthy and save the planet. The EAT-Lancet Commission was a three year you collaboration of thirty-seven experts from sixteen countries around the globe.

EAT-Lancet Report Recommends Drastic Reduction in Meat Consumption
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EAT-Lancet Report Recommends Drastic Reduction in Meat Consumption

The EAT-Lancet report concluded that there needs to be a dramatic reduction in the consumption of red meats and a significant increase in plant-based foods. While the report recommends these dietary changes for countries in the developed world, it suggests that those in poor countries need more animal protein for better health. The report claims that North Americans eat six times the recommended amount of red meat, while countries in South Asia are barely eating half of what’s recommended.

Beef and lamb are two of the types of meat that the report suggests cause havoc on the environment. They require an excessive amount of land and water, and their production of methane is off the charts, making their carbon footprint gargantuan.

The aptly named ‘Planetary Health Diet’ consisting of an increase in fruits, and nuts, could prevent upwards of eleven million premature deaths while being better for the environment. The report has proposed a five-point action plan to help people not only change their diet but also to lower their carbon footprint; incentives for people to eat a healthier diet, varying global crop production, intensifying agriculture sustainability, a reduction in food waste and harsh laws to protect the earth’s water bodies and lands.

As expected, these suggestions by the EAT-Lancet report have faced some backlash from the meat and dairy industries. The National Pork Producers Council calls the report irresponsible and says it’s based on dubious science. Kay Johnson Smith, President and CEO of Animal Agriculture Alliance, says that US farmers are global leaders in efficient farming procedures and that the report’s suggestion of reducing the consumption of meat would lead to serious and negative health consequences.

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