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Changes to Australian dietary guidelines are just a sensible response to Earth’s environmental woes

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🗞️ Driving the news: The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia is updating its dietary guidelines to include the environmental impact of food choices, sparking controversy among meat producers and some media outlets
• Critics have labeled it a "war on meat," but the authors argue that integrating sustainability into dietary advice is a sensible and necessary response to both health and environmental challenges

🔭 The context: The upcoming revision of Australia's dietary guidelines, set for 2026, follows public demand for more accessible and explicit sustainability information
• This move reflects a global trend where countries like Sweden have already incorporated environmental sustainability into their dietary recommendations, emphasizing the reduction of red meat consumption due to its high environmental footprint

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Meat production, particularly red meat, is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions
• By incorporating environmental considerations into dietary guidelines, Australia aims to encourage food choices that are better for the planet, aligning with efforts to mitigate climate change and preserve biodiversity

⏭️ What's next: As the NHMRC proceeds with the guideline revision, the debate continues on balancing nutritional science with environmental sustainability
• The guidelines aim to inform consumers about making food choices that are both healthy and have a lower environmental impact, potentially influencing global food systems towards more sustainable practices

📈 One stat: Meat creates almost 60% of greenhouse gas emissions from food production

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