Dr Marco Springmann of LEAP and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, who co-authored the report said, “Without concerted action, we found that the environmental impacts of the food system could increase by 50-90% by 2050 as a result of population growth and the rise of diets high in fats, sugars and meat. In that case, all planetary boundaries related to food production would be surpassed, some of them by more than twofold. Many of the solutions we analysed are being implemented in some parts of the world, but it will need strong global coordination and rapid upscale to make their effects felt.”
The report emphasises that key to enabling this shift is ensuring that healthy diets are accessible and affordable to all, with social protections to ensure low-income groups are not adversely affected by any rises in food prices.
The EAT-Lancet Commission is a three-year project that brings together 37 experts from 16 countries with expertise in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, food systems, economics and political governance. Research findings from Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School, and Dr Tara Garnett, of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and the LEAP project, also contributed to the science evidence base of the report.