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Sustainable Diets: National Academy Of Sciences Panel (Proceedings)

Proceedings of Workshop, August 2018


On August 1 and 2, 2018, the Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a public workshop in Washington, DC, on sustainable diets, food, and nutrition. The workshop objectives were to review current and emerging knowledge on the concept of sustainable diets within the field of food and nutrition; explore sustainable diets and relevant impacts for cross-sector partnerships, policy, and research; and discuss how sustainable diets influence dietary patterns, the food system, and population and public health. The workshop was organized into four main sessions and a closing panel discussion of selected speakers. 

Sustainable diets are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing natural and human resources.

– Food and Agriculture Organization, 2012

Adam Drewnowski from The University of Washington discussed four important domains of sustainable diets, including (1) nutrition and health, (2) economics, (3) society and culture, and (4) environment.  Other speakers include Jessica Fanzo, Parke Wilde, and Barbara Schneeman. 

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