A group of 37 scientists from across the world have devised a "sustainable" diet with twin aim of improving human health and managing the contribution of current agricultural practices to climate change.

Called the Eat-Lancet Commission, the scientists are particularly considering the impact of our current diets when the global population reaches 10 billion by 2050. There are currently around 7 billion of us on the planet.

The Commission has been set up to help reach a consensus on how we should move forward with our dietary habits in order to improve our health and to safeguard the health of the planet.

Eating habits that are good for us and our planet

Bowel & Cancer Research writes regularly to update the latest evidence on red and processed meat consumption and bowel health, particularly with relation to bowel cancer, which has been established to have a causal link. It is interesting to see the Eat-Lancet Commission now establish the relationship between the impact of modern agricultural practices and diet on human and enviromental health.

The Commission makes a number of recommendations not just on what we eat, but on the way we approach our eating habits and have devised a diet that is both healthy and sustainable.

It's not a question of all or nothing but small changes for a large and positive impact.

Switch to the Global Planetary Health Diet today

Shifting from unhealthy diets to the Global Planetary Health Diet could save 11 million lives annually from diseases associated with lifestyle, such as heart disease, type II diabetes and bowel cancer. It will also drive the transition toward a sustainable global food system by 2050. What's not to like!

Increase diversity in our food choices Diversiifying our dietary habits to increase the amount of plant based material and reduce meat and diary will improve our health and reduce the enviromental damage done by industrialised livestock farming.
Plump for plants There are over 30,000 varieties of edible plants and many are high in protein if we're replacing meat. Go for at least 125g daily of dry beans, lentils, legumes and nuts.
Be mindful with our food Don't overfill your plate and allow time for meals that aren't rushed or "on the go".
Reduce our reliance on meat and dairy Reducing consumption of red meat to 98g, poultry to 203g and fish to 196g will positively impact health and enable us to choose meat products from more sustainable farming practices and those who encourage biodiversity.
Plan and cook Take time out to plan meals for the week and cook rather than rely on ready meals or take outs. You will know what's in your food and it will be better for you.
Waste not, want not Smaller meals, saving left overs for the next day or as the basis for another meal and composting what you can't save will improve health, save money and the environment.

Vote with your plate - The choices you make will make a difference. Play your part in driving change, improving your health and that of your children and protecting your planet for future generations.

To find out more about the Eat-Lancet Commission and catch the livestream on eatforum.org visit Eatforum.org.