Commission will provide roadmap for reforming food systems

An international team of 20 world-renowned scientists will assess how to transform the global food system to deliver sustainably produced, healthy food for a growing population.

The new EAT-Lancet Commission will provide a 'roadmap' of food systems reform for the policy makers who are working to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement

"Radical transformation of the global food system is absolutely critical," says Johan Rockström, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and co-chair of the new commission. "Food is linked to almost all of the SDGs and it will be impossible to meet these goals, or the Paris Climate Agreement, without a transformation to sustainable and healthy food systems."

He added: "Although challenging, this transformation is possible. Changes in dietary choices, such as reduced red meat consumption, could avoid further deforestation…reduce global mortality by 6-10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29-70% by 2050."

The commission is among the first projects to receive funding from the EAT Foundation. It was founded in March 2016 and is co-funded by Wellcome, Stordalen Foundation and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet, who is at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2016, said: "If we’re going to deliver the SDGs, we have to make sure we measure our progress and hold accountable governments, academics and civil society for the promises we make."

The new commission is due to finish in 2017.

The EAT Stockholm Food Forum is a two-day meeting that brings together world leaders from the fields of science, business, politics and civil society to shift food systems towards greater sustainability, security and equity. 

This year, the forum is focusing on consumption and production patterns, cities, accountability, and technology and innovation across the food industry.