We all know that what we eat affects our health, but have you thought about how your food choices affect the climate? Dr. Walter Willett, co-chair of the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, and Health, will present the findings of world-leading scientists on how what we eat and how we grow food impacts our planet, both now and in the future. In addition to predicting dietary health outcomes, this team included environmental factors (such as greenhouse gas emissions, food waste, improved agricultural production practices) to arrive at their recommendations. Dr. Willett will describe how transforming our eating habits can have major benefits for human health and allow us to stay within sustainable, planetary boundaries. He will also identify the strategies to achieve these goals which require the engagement of government at all levels, civil society, and individuals.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Walter Willett is a physician and epidemiologist and Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He served as Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard for 25 years. Much of his work has been on the development of methods, using both questionnaire and biochemical approaches, to study the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. He has applied these methods starting in 1980 in the Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Together, these cohorts that include nearly 300,000 men and women with repeated dietary assessments are providing the most detailed information on the long-term health consequences of food choices. Dr. Willett has published over 2,000 research papers, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer, and has written the textbook, Nutritional Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press. He also has four books for the general public. Dr. Willett is the most-cited nutritional scientist internationally. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research.