Shift to planetary health diet would impact UK land use and global water resources

phys.org | 1/18/2019 | Staff
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The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health has today released a 'planetary health diet', that advocates a radical shift in dietary habits.

Commenting on the effects on water resources of the proposals in the EAT-Lancet report, Professor Tim Hess, Professor of Water and Food Systems at Cranfield University, said:

UK - Percent - Fruit - Vegetables - Water

"In the U.K., we import more than 65 percent of our fruit and vegetables, often from highly stressed water environments such as Spain, Morocco and South Africa. A large-scale increase in fruit and vegetable consumption within the U.K. is likely to add to the water stress on these nations, unless U.K. eating habits change to fruit and vegetables that can be grown domestically. If we could switch the U.K. consumer from avocado to turnips, for example, then the impact on water resources would be minimal.

"It is undeniable that we need to eat more fruit and vegetables, but we...
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