Assessing and improving the sustainability of food systems is a complex challenge. There are no universally-agreed criteria of measuring it, and policy makers face difficult trade-offs, e.g. promoting healthy diets at the expense of the domestic food processing industry.
Sustainable diets research is a relatively new field, and as yet there has been little synthesis of evidence or sharing of knowledge as to best practices. Metrics used tend to focus on greenhouse gas emissions as a means of quantifying environmental impacts, but other measures such as land use change and water footprints have also begun to emerge. Methods for devising or modifying diets tend to involve variations on optimisation models such as linear programming, and these methods have their limitations.
The ANH Academy Sustainable Diets Working Group aims to generate innovative methods and metrics for use in sustainable diets research and policy development through interdisciplinary research. It includes a group of experts in agriculture, environmental or physical science, nutrition and/or health research, with a particular focus on methods and metrics in sustainable diets
- Dr. Edward Joy, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala, Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Lukasz Aleksandrowicz, Portfolio Advisor, Wellcome Trust, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Dr. Tara Garnett, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Food Climate Research Network
- Dr. Alfred Gathorne-Hardy, Research Fellow, University of Oxford
- Dr. Andrew Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
- Dr. Jennie Macdiarmid, Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
- Dr. Elin Roos, Associate Senior Lecturer, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- Sofia Kalamatianou, Research Assistiant, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Dr Rosemary Green, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
See some of their ANH Academy member profiles below: