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Dietary guidelines should encourage a healthy planet

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 10 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1254
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Government guidelines on healthy eating should recommend a plant based diet to reduce the impact of food production on the planet as well as improve health, campaigners have urged.

In a joint briefing paper the global health charity Medact and civil society alliance Eating Better called on policy makers and health professionals to recommend diets that underline the importance of reducing consumption of meat and dairy.1

The briefing emphasised the large contribution that food production makes to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions and its impact …

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