EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems

Published December 9, 2016

The 20 commissioners are top global experts in health, nutrition and sustainability.

The world faces a fundamental challenge in sustainably feeding a healthy diet to at least nine billion people by 2050. Current diets and the global food system are leading to rapidly growing rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and significant environmental impacts.

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and keep earth within a safe operating space for humanity to thrive, we must achieve a rapid transformation of global diets and the food system. Despite this, we still lack a scientific consensus on what constitutes a healthy and sustainable diet. The EAT-Lancet Commission will provide this consensus through a state of the art scientific assessment that underscores the importance of healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The EAT-Lancet report will also provide policy recommendations for regulatory, business, and legislative bodies in achieving an accelerated transformation of the food system.

The Commission is composed of 20 top global experts in health, nutrition and sustainability.
Johan Rockström Executive Director,
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Co-Chair of EAT-Lancet Commission

Walter Willett Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition,
Chair, Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health,
Co-Chair of EAT-Lancet Commission

Timothy Lang Professor of Food Policy,
Centre for Food Policy City University London

David Tilman Regents Professor,
University of Minnesota

Francesco Branca Director of Nutrition for Health and Development

Jessica Fanzo Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture,
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda CEO,
Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Action Network (FANRPAN)

Rina Agustina Research Coordinator,
University of Indonesia School of Medicine

Tara Garnett Initiator and Director,
Food Climate Research Network (FCRN)

Shenggen Fan Director General,
International Food Policy Research Institute

Corinna Hawkes Director of the Centre for Food Policy,
City University London

Rami Zurayk Chair of the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management,
American University of Beirut

Anna Lartey Director,
Nutrition Division, FAO

Ashkan Afshin Acting Assistant Professor,
University of Washington

Sonja Vermeulen Head of Research,
CCAFS, Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR),

Srinath Reddy President,
Public Health Foundation of India

Sania Nishtar Co-chair, Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity,
World Health Organization

Ann Thrupp Executive Director,
Berkeley Food Institute, University of California Berkeley

Juan Rivera Dommarco Director of the Centre in Nutrition and Health,
National Public Health Institute of Mexico

Sunita Narain Director General,
Centre for Science and Environment

The Commissioners are divided into five working groups investigating:

1) What is a healthy diet?

2) What is a sustainable food system?

3) What are the shaping trends in diets today?

4) What are the pathways for achieving healthy diets from sustainable food systems?

5) What are the solutions and policy recommendations?

To date, the Commission has met twice, with the initial meeting taking place in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2016 and a second meeting held in London, UK the end of September. A third meeting will again take place in London in February 2017 and a first draft of the report will be discussed at the 2017 Stockholm Food Forum. The Commission aims to have the report published by the end of 2017 and launched at a number of international and national level events.