Strengthening Dietary Guidelines to Feed a Nature-positive Future

Most dietary recommendations provided by national governments are not compatible with global environmental and health targets such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This is the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study to analyse the health and environmental outcomes of national dietary guidelines in 85 countries around the world.

“The food system is a major driver of impacts on the environment, and without dietary changes towards more plant-based diets, key environmental limits related to climate change, land use, freshwater extraction, and biogeochemical flows associated with fertilizer application risk being exceeded,” found the study by researchers at Oxford, Harvard, Tufts and Adelaide universities, which was published in July 2020.

It also found that 98 per cent of national guidelines were incompatible with at least one global health and environmental target, meaning that even if there were global adherence to them, we would still fail to meet the targets governments have signed up to. Read more…

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