This is an evidence-based toolkit developed by and for the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and updated occasionally by the BDA Sustainable Diets Working Group. Data sources and affiliations are clearly identified. Data are primarily specific to the UK and divergence in eating and food production trends from neighbouring regions are sometimes highlighted. The principles could be adapted and utilised anywhere.
From the Guide: This reference guide forms the basis of a toolkit which expands on the BDA’s Sustainable Diets Policy Statement. The policy states that the profession should be leading discussions on how our food behaviours can affect both health and the environment.
We are one blue dot
The speck on the photograph taken by Voyager 1 as it left our solar system, is Planet Earth. It sits on the western spiral arm of an unremarkable galaxy in an unremarkable part of space. But it is our home. It is the only one we have and ultimately, the responsibility of taking care of it lies squarely with us. In this, the early part of the 21st century, it is accepted that our eating habits are having an adverse impact on the environment and we are endangering the future of the planet.
There is mounting pressure for radical change from leading environmental specialists, organisations, and governments – as well as growing public interest and support. We need to work together to combat climate change. By making dietary changes, it’s win-win for the planet and health if we all act now.
BDA Dietitians are perfectly placed to help consumers, clients, and stakeholders navigate the complex messages surrounding this subject. They are able to translate national and international guidance to help the public understand what practical changes they can make to improve both their own health and that of our planet – our one blue dot.
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