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Economic and social developments over the past century have coincided with drastic changes to peoples’ lifestyles. Greater availability of both highly processed and animal-based foods has caused a shift away from more traditional eating patterns.

Lifestyle changes have, in turn, lead to unparalleled impacts on Earth’s natural systems. Of the numerous environmental issues that humanity must now address, climate change, which has been deemed this century’s greatest global health threat, is one of the most challenging.

The global food system is a major contributor to climate change, the primary user of fresh water, and a main contributor to both land-use change and biodiversity loss. According to EAT-Lancet (2019): 'A radical global transformation is needed.'

Research tells us that plant-based eating patterns reduce one's risk for a range of common chronic (non-communicable) diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Similarly, plant-based eating patterns are far less impactful on the environment and on the climate than are more traditional Western diets.

Delivering the latest research on healthy and sustainable eating patterns

Our broken food system is driving today's health & environmental crises.

beans, peas and lentils, pulses, tofu and tempeh

Tubers and other starchy vegetables
potato, sweet potato, yam, pumpkin, squash, corn

Vegetables of all kinds (non-starchy)
leafy greens, allium, cruciferous, & colorful veg

berries, melons, tropical, core, stone, & citrus fruits

Nuts and Seeds
to be consumed in modest amounts

Whole grains
wild and brown rice, oats, quinoa, barley, etc.

Beverages (healthy and unsweetened)
water, unsweetened plant drinks, natural smoothies

Herbs and Spices
cumin, turmeric, cayenne, oregano, coriander, basil

A whole food, plant-based eating pattern.

The pattern generally favours nutrient-dense foods that are in their whole and natural state.

We are a non-profit website offering an online platform that focuses on food system sustainability. We do not receive any funding, nor do we accept donations. Our content is 100% free!

We collaborate with other organizations to share information, advocate for food system change, and undertake policy-related efforts.

Ultimately, we aim to promote healthy and environmentally-friendly population-level eating patterns.

We want a healthy & sustainable food system,

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OraTaiao - NZ Climate & Health Council is a not-for-profit incorporated society comprised of health professions demanding urgent and equitable climate action.

Whole, plant-based foods
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Anna DeMello

Anna completed her undergrad degree in both Biology and French at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She then went to McGill University in Quebec, Canada, where she completed a Masters degree in Human Nutrition.

Jono Drew

Jono recently completed his fifth year of medical studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand. In 2017 he undertook a research year so as to investigate the co-benefits, in relation to climate change mitigation and population health, of eating patterns that conform to the NZ dietary guidelines.

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Doctors For Nutrition is a registered charity organisation whose mission is to ‘bring food back to healthcare through advocacy, education and research on the benefits of whole food plant-based diet.'