Academic Venture Fund - 2012

Does a Healthy Diet Lead to a Healthy Environment?

Fresh vegetables on a cutting board

Industrial agriculture, one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen pollution, places significant stress on the planet. Rising obesity rates pose a similar threat to public health. This holistic project suggests that what is better for human health may also be better for the environment. The research team will assess how diet changes, waste reduction, and organic agriculture can affect greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen pollution, and land use, yielding crucial information about the best diet for both human and environmental health.

Investigators: Bob Howarth, Laurie Drinkwater, Jennifer Wilkins, Ian Merwin, Christina Stark