#Bye2019 – What We Learned This Year About Food & Nutrition

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A whole load of studies this year revealed the power of food and debunked some of the myths we might have had about nutrition. Here are the 7 breaking studies you might have missed:

1. A Planetary Health Diet Could Feed 10 Billion & Solve Climate Change

Scientists at the EAT-Lancet Commission recommended a slash in meat and dairy intake, and a doubling of plant-based consumption in order to meet the demands of a growing global population and save our planet.

2. Healthy Food & Sustainable Food Are The Same

Oxford University researchers revealed that healthy foods are almost always those that have the lowest environmental impact on our planet.

3. Doubling Veggie Options On Menu Can Help Cut Meat Orders

A study conducted by the University of Cambridge found that simply doubling the vegetarian options on menus leads to a significant decrease in meat orders (40-80%) and therefore a massive cut in carbon emissions.

4. Lab-Grown Food Tech To Drive End Of Beef & Dairy

According to a report by think tank ReThinkX, new food technologies developed by plant-based and cell-based companies will drive the beef and dairy industry to collapse by as soon as 2030.

5. Stop Listening To One-Size-Fits-All Diet Advice

Landmark nutrition study called “Predict” by researchers at Harvard, King’s College London and Stanford University finds that every single individual person’s response to food varies significantly.

6. Majority Of Meat Will Be Plant Or Cell-Based By 2040

An analysis conducted by global consultancy AT Kearney predicts that at least 60% of meat consumption will not be produced by traditional livestock farming and will be replaced by plant-based or cell-based versions by 2040. Asia will be at the helm of driving this change, say the analysts.

7. Organic Agriculture Can Help Achieve The UN Global Goals

A Dutch meta-analysis that pulls data from over 120 scientific publications found that organic agriculture can help make progress on 8 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change and clean water.

Lead image courtesy of Unsplash.


  • Sally Ho

    Sally Ho is Green Queen's former resident writer and lead reporter. Passionate about the environment, social issues and health, she is always looking into the latest climate stories in Hong Kong and beyond. A long-time vegan, she also hopes to promote healthy and plant-based lifestyle choices in Asia. Sally has a background in Politics and International Relations from her studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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