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The ideal diet for humans and the planet: so we feed 10 billion people in 2050 on a healthy and sustainable way

Environmental Scientists have the “ideal diet for the planet and its growing population” composed. The diet ensures that we by 2050, ten billion people on a hea

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The ideal diet for humans and the planet: so we feed 10 billion people in 2050 on a healthy and sustainable way
Environmental Scientists have the “ideal diet for the planet and its growing population” composed. The diet ensures that we by 2050, ten billion people on a healthy and sustainable way to feed. This means that we our consumption of vegetables, nuts and legumes need to double our intake of sugar and meat should be cut in half.

To the diet, the average human, so be prepared to different eating habits to learn. That says, the British professor Tim Lang, one of the leaders of the study, in which 37 scientists from sixteen countries for three years have worked. Today appeared the results of that joint work in the renowned scientific journal The Lancet.

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“The food we eat and the way we produce determine the health of the people and of the planet, and that is something we until now but do not seem to want to understand,” says Long. “To a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050, to nourish a healthy and nutritious diet, we need to keep our eating habits, food production and improve food waste reduction. We have a significant change that the global food system is changing as never before.”

For the consumer this means that, worldwide, the consumption of (red) meat and sugar has been halved, while the consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes should be double.

Drastic changes in eating patterns required

For individual regions means that sometimes even more drastic changes in the local diet are necessary. So eat people in North America daily average of 6.5 times in the study the recommended amount of meat, while people in South Asia every day just half as much meat as recommended to consume. In the sub-Saharalanden in Africa eat the people then 7.5 times the in the study the recommended amount of starchy vegetables, such as potatoes.

The researchers gave the presentation of the research results that the “very ambitious would be to hope that everyone in the world, this diet would adopt, if only because there is such a large inequality in access to food: more than 800 million people have insufficient food to eat, while many more people (o.a. in the west) to an unhealthy diet that contributes to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes and leads to early death.”

Sustainable and healthy

health and sustainable food go hand in hand, evident for a Long time not such a big surprise. “The last ten years, numerous studies have appeared that all on one side of the point," he says in the Volkskrant: “What is good for the health, is also good for the planet.”

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