Giving Compass’ Take:
• Food Tank argues that it is not only what we eat that will save the planet but how we produce our food and agriculture’s relationship with water that will ultimately make the biggest impact.
• Understanding the link between water and nutrition and how it impacts climate change is one thing, but how can people begin to put this information into use?
Can changing our diet save the planet? When the EAT-Lancet Commission launched a new landmark report last month, it was widely interpreted as saying that forking down less red meat and more vegetables should ensure that we can provide nutritious food for 10 billion people while maintaining a healthy Earth.
However, while changing our diets can help turn around planetary degradation, the challenge is greater than that. As the EAT-Lancet commission points out, the way we produce our food must also be changed to ease the pressure on natural resources, not least water.
What’s surprising is that the relationship between water and nutritious food is not particularly well understood. Recently, I, along with colleagues from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems and The World Bank, investigated how water and nutrition go hand-in-hand and how we can reinforce this close relationship.
Read the full article on the relationship between water and nutrition by Claudia Ringler at Food Tank.
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