E5: The Future of Food Production

How can we feed our growing population healthy food without destroying the planet?

Global food production is the single largest driver of environmental degradation. On top of that, unhealthy diets pose a greater risk than unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined.

We need nothing less then a Great Food Transformation. Without action, the world risks failing to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, and today’s children will inherit a damaged planet where much of the population will increasingly suffer from malnutrition and preventable disease.

Learn more: The EAT-Lancet Summary Report.

What has to change?

With the EAT-Lancet Commission, we finally have scientific targets on how to fix our broken food system. The future of food needs:

  1. Policies to improve consumption of healthy food.
  2. Greater production of varied nutrient-rich crops.
  3. Sustainably intensifying agriculture.
  4. Effective governance of land and ocean use.
  5. Food waste reduced by half.

In this episode, Peter Verstrate, Heather Hilleren and Prof. Jessica Fanzo brings solutions to the table.

How can we fix the system?

Peter Verstrate is the technician behind the first slaughter-free burger, and are leading way for lab-grown meat to hit the supermarkets. Verstrate has been working on cultured meat for over 10 years and brings deep knowledge about processed versus lab-grown meat. 

Heather Hilleren founded Local Dirt in 2005, as one of the first food tech startups to create an online marketplace for local food and sales management tools for farmers, distributors and retailers. Today, Hillern is working as a Process Consultant for food tech companies, to increase productivity, and to better the lives of farmers. 

Prof. Jessica Fanzo is one of the EAT-Lancet Commissioners and Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Jessica’s area of expertise focuses on approaches to ensure better nutrition and diets. Her research is concentrated on the linkages between agriculture, water, and health to improve young children’s diets in low-income communities. 

Tune in as they discusses the opportunities that the EAT-Lancet report provides. Listen on your preferred podcast plattform: iTunes hereSpotify here. Podtail here.

Let’s Rethink Food

EAT’s new podcast Let’s Rethink Food takes a deep dive into the groundbreaking EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health.

For each episode, our hosts Dr. Hazel Wallace, The Food Medic and Dr. Sandro Demaio, CEO of EAT, set out to unpick the science and translate it into everyday action.

Tune in for the solutions to one of our most pressing issues globally: How are we going to feed a growing population healthy food without destroying the planet?

Find all the episodes here.

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