Growing Progress in the Evolving Science, Business, and Policy of Sustainable Nutrition.
- Author(s): Gustafson, David I
- Edge, Marianne Smith
- Griffin, Timothy S
- Kendall, Alissa M
- Kass, Samuel D
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzz059
A session was convened at the ASN Nutrition 2018 annual meeting to discuss the scientific evidence on what makes individual foods and dietary patterns both sustainable and nutritious, and the role of various stakeholders in the actions needed to implement food systems that deliver "sustainable nutrition." This commentary is a structured synthesis of the primary themes of the session, and concludes with a set of implications and research recommendations. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental implications of what they eat, and there is growing momentum toward changes in the food system. However, ecological challenges persist, and although the literature is evolving, methodologic improvements are needed in the scientific approaches to address dietary patterns that meet nutrition needs in more holistically sustainable ways. The session concluded with encouraging evidence that consumers, businesses, scientists, and policy-makers are collectively "rising to the occasion," with cross-sectoral partnerships to address these issues.