Planetary Health Food Challenge

For the month of June, we’re challenging staff and students to rethink their food choices and habits and make changes to the way they eat and purchase food to eat healthy and sustainably.Assortment of Vegetables

Inspired by the EAT Lancet Commission's Planetary Health Diet, which aims to feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy and sustainable diet within planetary boundaries, Monash is bringing to you our very own Planetary Health Food Challenge.

Staff and students will have the opportunity to participate in engaging activities, and they will also receive tips and resources to help them make changes along the way.

Food is one of the strongest levers to optimising environmental sustainability and the health of humans on earth. Collectively, the way we eat, the food that we purchase, and the way food is produced, has a huge impact on the environment.

Did you know that food makes up almost 30% of our personal ecological footprint?

Register now and join us to start making a difference this June!

For more information, check out the Monash Wellbeing Workplace group (staff) and Monash Wellbeing Facebook page (students)!

The Planetary Health Diet

The EAT-Lancet Commission presents a global planetary health diet that is healthy for both people and the planet.

It encourages the consumption of more fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and wholegrains, and while meat and dairy form important parts of the diet, it is recommended to be eaten in significantly smaller portions.

In essence, the planetary health diet serves as guidelines for an optimal diet for human health and environmental sustainability. Aside from making changes to the food we eat, it is also important to think about how much food we are consuming. Overconsumption has significant implications on both our health and environment.

6 Top tips to having a healthy and sustainable dietRoasted Chickpeas

  1. Eat more plant based foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts). Plant based foods require lesser resources to produce compared to meat products. Here are some delicious recipes that you can try:

    Mushroom and tomato frittata
    Roasted chickpeas 4 ways
    Lentil bolognese
    Roasted pumpkin couscous salad
    Moroccan sweet potato, carrot and chickpea soup
  2. Eat seasonally and locally available foods. Foods that are locally produced and season require lesser resources to store and transport, and they taste much better when they are in season. Some examples of delicious winter produce includes mandarins, pears, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots and more! Check out the seasonal food guide to find out what is in season at the moment.
  3. Source foods directly from primary food producers/ farmers. This helps to strengthen our local food production systems, in doing so, you're also supporting our local farmers and their business. Look up your nearest farmers' market here. If you're keen to visiting some farms and pick your own produce, here are a list of farms that are open to the public.
  4. Select food grown and produced using sustainable production methods (e.g. organic, regenerative, biodynamic farming). These methods improve soil health and reduces the reliance on fossil fuels as no synthetic chemicals or pesticides are used.
  5. Limit intake of ultra processed and over packaged foods. Ultra processed foods contain plenty of cheap ingredients (e.g. fat, sugar, salt) and additives that aren’t great for health. More often or not, these items also result in a lot of packaging waste.

    To help you further reduce your packaging waste, you can also get pantry staples and food from bulk food stores. Check out the Bulk Food Directory to locate the closest bulk food store to you!
  6. Minimise food waste. There are many ways to reduce food waste, including storing your produce correctly and getting creative with your ingredients so you use all of it. You can also plan your meals ahead of the week and shop according to your meal plan. This helps you save money and reduce food waste.

For more information, check out the EAT-Lancet Commission Brief for Everyone for their top 12 tips on how to eat healthy and sustainable.