The planetary health diet is a well-publicized attempt at saving the planet through the food we eat. The organization pulled out of sponsoring a launch event in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 28, after Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Italy’s ambassador to the United Nations, questioned the diet’s impact on public health. The ambassador stated that radical, drastic limitations on animal livestock production, the commission’s primary recommendation, would cause economic hardship in developing countries. In a press release, the “permanent mission,” as the office is known, also suggested the report was not sufficiently independent, and aimed for nothing less than the “total elimination of the freedom of choice” by consumers. A standard diet for the whole planet, regardless of the age, sex, metabolism, general state of health and eating habits of each person, has no scientific justification at all,” Cornado wrote. “Moreover, it would mean the destruction of millenary healthy traditional diets which are a full part of the cultural heritage and social harmony in many countries. The study’s authors say that the diet, which calls for major increases in consumption of whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, and conversely, decreases in anything that comes from animals, would go a long way in reducing weight-related disease and mortality. But it would also result in low intakes of iron, retinol, and vitamins B12 and D3.
Lightbulb Moment: Whenever you have a diet that excludes or limits foods you are immediately going to attract adversaries. A diet does not to be centered around a victim, villain, and hero to be successful and sustainable. Do you have a way to track adversaries and allies to the trends you are engaged with? That’s where Culinary Tides, Inc. comes in.