Knowledge for better food systems

New EAT-Lancet commission launched to tackle the global food system’s role in malnutrition and global change

On June 12th, prior to the annual EAT Forum in Stockholm, the establishment of the new EAT-Lancet Commission was announced jointly by the Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre Johan Rockström, Chair of the EAT Foundation Gunhild Stordalen, and editor of The Lancet Richard Horton.

The global assessment to be undertaken by the Commission, due for completion in 2017, will systematically analyse whether a global transformation to a better food system is possible. The work will help policy makers by providing a roadmap for how transformation of the food system can help in attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement.

As part of this work, the assessment will explore synergies and trade-offs between food-related human and planetary health; identify knowledge gaps, barriers, and levers of change in support of the recent international agreements; and tackle issues such as food-price volatility and food waste. It will explore which companies control the global food system and how behavioural change of consumers and producers could push the world onto a more sustainable course. And finally, it will provide economic metrics to quantify the costs and savings of transforming the food system

The commission will be composed of 20 world-renowned scientists, and aims to provide the first scientific assessment as to ‘whether a global transformation to a food system delivering healthy diets from sustainable food systems to a growing world population is possible’.

Further details on the announcement can be found here and more information on the scientific background underpinning the EAT-Lancet commission can be accessed here (paywall).

Please note, the EAT-Lancet commission is currently advertising for a postdoctoral fellow to form part of the secretariat of the commission. More details on this can be found in the opportunities section.

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