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Cut meat to half-rasher a day to save planet

Cut meat to half-rasher a day to save planet

Agriculture must to be redirected to focus on these new food goals, which will put less stress on the environment, researchers said.

Healthy food would also have to be affordable, and "social protection" for low-income groups may be needed to ensure they do not miss out, they said.

Unhealthy diets are the leading cause of poor health worldwide; the appropriate diet could prevent about 11 million premature deaths a year, the report said. They an important nutritional part of a healthy, balanced diet.

People would also be limited to 7g of pork a day - equal to a single cocktail sausage - and just 29g of chicken which is around one and a half chicken nuggets.

This might seem onerous, but Willett argued that people in the United States and elsewhere are already adopting diets somewhat similar to this.

Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the IEA, said of the research: 'Their desire to limit people to eating one tenth of a sausage a day leaves us in no doubt that we are dealing with fanatics.

In the report, the researchers say feeding a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050 with a healthy and sustainable diet will be impossible without transforming eating habits.

For three years, 37 experts from 16 countries have been working on the report released onWednesday.

To that end, the Commission has delivered the first full scientific review of a sustainable food system and what actions can be taken to support and speed up food system transformation.

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Commission members calculated the Earth's available resources, and then set out to create a daily diet backed by directed agricultural production that would keep everyone fed in a sustainable way. Average population intake in the United Kingdom is now below this figure.

Joanna Lewis, policy director at the Soil Association, said: "The Soil Association welcomes the major contribution the EAT-Lancet Commission has made to shattering the myth that agro-ecological farming can not feed the world".

The commission recommended that agriculture cut red meat production by 65%, Fanzo said in a media briefing on Wednesday.

"Farming in the European Union produces around 10pc of total carbon emissions, he said, while energy produces over 80pc, when are we going to hear the proposals for that energy production sector that's responsible for eight times more carbon emissions than the food sector?"

Emphasis would need to be placed on protecting agricultural land and fisheries, while also tackling the problem of wasted food, Fanzo added.

Currently, almost a billion people are hungry and another two billion are eating too much of the wrong foods, causing epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. A quarter-pounder burger patty contains roughly 450 calories and North Americans alone consume more than six times the current daily recommended red meat intake of between 50-70 grammes.

In terms of carbohydrates the diet should be made up of more whole grains such as brown rice - up to 232g a day - and fewer starchy vegetables such as potato, up to 39g. In a statement, the charity said: "If fully implemented, the recommendations would make it impossible to introduce sustainable and restorative farming systems in countries like the United Kingdom, where a high proportion of farmland is only suitable for growing grass".

Irish meat production systems are far more sustainable than in other regions of the world.

Planning "Meatless Monday" meals that emphasize plant-based protein sources.