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TITLE Guidelines for a healthy diet: the ecological perspective   201108E.pdf (272.9 KB)
Title in the original language Richtlijnen goede voeding ecologisch belicht  201108.pdf (440.6 KB)
Document ID LIB659
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 05/07/2011
Original language of the document Dutch
Full text available in EN (272.9 KB) and NL (440.6 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Jeannette van Kan
Health Council of the Netherlands
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Agriculture
  • Food safety
  • Health


Short description  A healthy diet is generally an ecologically sustainable one. Two 'win-win' guidelines may be given which deliver both health benefits and ecological benefits:
1. A less animal-based and more plant-based diet
2. The reduction of energy intake for those with an excessive body weight
The guideline ‘eat fish twice a week, including one portion of oily fish’ may yield health benefits, but may be ecologically detrimental.
There is a clear need for a deeper understanding of eco-friendly diet on which to base measures by which the environmental burden of food production and consumption can be reduced. The degree of uncertainty attached to these analyses deserves special attention.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  For many years the Health Council’s Guidelines for a healthy diet have provided dietary advice for healthy nutrition. But to what extent is a healthy diet also a sustainable one? That is the subject of this advisory report. Emphasis will be placed on the ecological aspects of the rather wide-ranging concept of sustainability. The aim of the report is to support government in developing policy for ...

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