New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future, say scientists

Jay Owen Global Citizen, Sustainability News, Trendspotting, Earth Systems Science

“Ethical Markets welcomes this well-documented, full report for the Lancet Commissions “Food in the Anthropocene: The EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets  from sustainable food systems“, (Jan 16, 2019), accessible from this article in The Guardian.

I studied the entire 47-page report, with its hundreds of footnotes, since this subject was covered in our annual Green Transition Scoreboard, released in April, 2018: “Capturing CO2 While Improving Human Nutrition & Health”  (a free download with TV program with NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell  at

This new EAT- Lancet Commission report corroborates our findings, in particular confirming our report on the global shift required from livestock-raised, animal-based meat to diets composed largely of plant-based proteins.  I scoured this new report, but did not find any citations of the need to shift from glycophyte-based freshwater food plants and agriculture (still entirely dependent on the planet’s 3% of freshwater) to using the hundreds of salt-loving halophyte food plants with more nutritious complete proteins and minerals humans need: e.g .quinoa and China’s salt-tolerant rice, which grow in 22 countries on degraded and desert lands, without fertilizers or pesticides, irrigated only with saltwater, and whose deep roots are excellent CO2 sequesters!

We agree with all the ground-breaking findings of the EAT-Lancet Commission and their bold policy-prescriptions which will disrupt many incumbent industrial food, meat and livestock companies, as well as global commodity traders!

We stand ready to help  guide these plucky scientists to all the investments now going into plant-based protein companies, which we cite in our own report, e.g. Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and now some 20 others  serving the growing global markets for vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as animal rights organizations.

~Hazel Henderson, Editor“ link