Aussies are the world’s number one consumers of meat, but scientists warn our love affair with beef is killing us, and the planet.
An international team of experts has put lower meat consumption at the heart of a “planetary health diet” to stave off catastrophic damage to the environment.
The findings from the EAT-Lancet Commission warn the world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 and current diets, with a growing emphasis on Western-style high-calorie foods laden with saturated fats, are unsustainable.
The intake of meat and sugar needs to fall by half by 2050.
The 37 experts from 16 countries concluded that consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes such as lentils and chickpeas must double.
People should think of meat as a treat and have “a burger once a week or a steak once a month”, the report warned.