EAT Food Forum 2015

”If we get it right on food, we get it right for both people and planet”

Published June 1, 2015

Johan Rockström, Chair of The EAT Advisory Board, on why EAT is important.

With last year’s EAT forum kicking off a new global agenda on the joint challenges of food production, health issues and sustainability, this year’s forum will ramp up its effort to develop tangible strategies for action.

“We must recognize that consumer choices are strongly influenced by politics, industry and commercial interests.”

“We need to define a set of indicators for improvement of healthy food and lifestyle, and sustainable development achievements. We have some of that knowledge but still there is a need for more documentation,” said Rockström.

Making the right choices
“If we get it right on food, we get it right for both people and planet. That is why we must help people to take the right choices for their own health and reduce the incidence of diabetes, obesity and cancer, but at the same time make choices that also reduce the environmental impact on ecosystems.

The current world population is seven billion people but estimates show that this will increase to more than nine billion over the next 40 years. This means a need to dramatically increase food production with some 50 percent for the same period. To meet that challenge Rockström stresses the need for scientifically based knowledge about what is both healthy for humans and good for the environment.

“It is something people don’t think about, that what you eat, and the unhealthier you eat, the more you affect the world’s climate system, fresh water use, biodiversity loss and eutrophication,” Rockström explains.

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About Johan Rockström

Johan Rockström is a Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global Sustainability at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre.

He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, where he, e.g., led the recent development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change.