, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 240–256 | Cite as

Sustainable Diets: Hairshirts or a better food future?

  • T I M Lang


The notion of sustainable diets has emerged forcibly onto the food policy agenda in recent years, but has also met resistance. The article reviews the case for sustainable diets. It counterbalances the current dominant policy emphasis on raising food output as the best route to a sustainable food future. The article suggests that a process of democratic experimentation is underway. Some official guidelines have emerged alongside a mix of civil society and academic formulations. More coherence of data, principles and purpose is needed at the global and regional policy-making levels for these to become effective in the common task of reducing the food system’s negative impact on health, environment and economies.


sustainable diet food-based dietary guidelines environment public health food policy 


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