Data-driven dietary developments

In an upcoming contribution to Sight and Life Magazine, Jonathan Steffen explores the search for holistic diets in a constantly evolving world, featuring findings from the EAT-Lancet Commission published in January 2019.

The EAT-Lancet Commission launched quantitatively calculated guidelines designed to improve food production and secure healthy diets.

The Commission’s report demonstrates that providing a healthy diet for a projected 10 billion people by 2050 is not only an achievable objective but also an essential one. This data-driven strategy highlights the importance of evidence-based solutions to nutritional problems.

Although this quantitative methodology is a recent development, Steffen notes that some earlier writers nonetheless showed signs of understanding the significance of factors contributing to sustainability. For instance, Isabella Beeton, a 19th-century writer more commonly known as Mrs Beeton, seems to have exhibited a strikingly modern awareness of the need to minimize food waste in the household.

Jonathan Steffen’s essay “Diets for a Complex World: The search for wholeness” will be published in the summer issue of Sight and Life Magazine. To find out more about Sight and Life Magazine, click here.

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