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Environmental and health impacts of diets

Government policy identifies the importance of “a sustainable, secure and healthy food supply”. While it’s fairly clear what constitutes a healthy diet and what is meant by secure food supply, there’s still little consensus on exactly what a sustainable diet would look like.

The Sustainable Development Commission’s Setting the Table report, published on 10th December, sets out to advise the government on the “priority elements of sustainable diets”, identifying those changes to dietary behaviour likely to result in complementary benefits through their environmental, social and economic impacts. The report recommends that eliminating waste, cutting fatty and sugary foods and reducing meat and dairy will benefit both health and the environment.

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