Is a healthy diet an environmentally friendly one?

The increasing concern about future global food security and climate change has been the drive behind the renewed interest in the concept of a healthy and environmentally sustainable diet.

A recent review has outlined the importance of food choice in influencing two main challenges: health issues and climate change.

Dietary changes considered to help ease the impact on climate change include reducing the intake of meat and dairy products, and limiting energy intakes to what is required to maintain a healthy body weight. However, the practicality of such approaches should be considered before jumping to early conclusions. Although dietary changes, like reducing meat consumption to adequate intakes, could be beneficial both for one’s health and the environment, there are other potential conflicts between health and environmental goals. For example, fish is considered as very healthful because it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. On the other hand, overfishing poses a serious threat to current fish stock.

Read about some of the issues from EUFIC.

Read the science.

Posted: 05/04/2013 16:30:28 by Emily Kelleher


 

Nutrition News RSS feed