The scientific basis

Dietary Guidelines from Swedish National Food Agency

Diet for a Green planet's guidelines for healthy eating habits are based on the Swedish National Food Agency's dietary advice, which is founded on the Nordic Nutritional Recommendations (NNR 2012). Public health would benefit from us eating more vegetables, wholegrain products and legumes, nourishing foods that are important sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Read more about the Swedish National Food Agency's dietary guidelines based on NNR 2012

The Nordic Nutritional Recommendations, NNR 2012

Ecological Regenerative Agriculture and starting points for Diet for a Green Planet

The starting point of Diet for a Green Planet is that our eating habits beyond being healthy, also need to be based on what agriculture can produce in a long-term sustainable way. This means that food production needs to be adapted, so that we use the resources of the planet in a way where regeneration can occur, and does not lead to greater strain on ecosystems.

We gain this holistic perspective from the research carried out in the framework of the Baltic Sea projects, BERAS and BERAS Implementation. These projects explored organic circular farming or Ecological Regenerative Agriculture (ERA). Ecological Regenerative Agriculture is based on local and renewable resources. This means, among other things, that the number of animals is in balance to the farm's supply of feeds and that the animals produce of manure does not cause excess nutrient leakage.

The BERAS projects also studied what food we could have on the plate, if food production were to be conducted according to the criteria for ERA, and whether the resources were distributed more evenly across the world population. If you calculate the ratio of the Earth's cultivated area to the Earth's population, we have about 2000 m2 available per person. If we exceed this, we use resources at the expense of people in other countries. In Sweden, we use on average nearly 4000 m2 of land for food consumption today. The results of the BERAS projects have shown that we can live well on 2000 m2 and on an organic regenerative cultivation system in the Swedish cultivation climate, but it would require approximately 80% reduction in meat consumption, compared to the current average.

Maria Micha

Research related collaborations, MatLust
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Latest update: 22 April 2021
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