TĀ MĀTOU E TŪHURA ANA
WHAT WE ARE INVESTIGATING
Take | Issue
The foods we eat are vitally important to our health. The way they are produced has a major impact on the earth’s resources and climate change. Population-wide changes are needed if we are to achieve healthy and nutritious diets sourced from sustainable food systems.
Whāinga | Aim
This project aims to identify an optimal diet that meets the nutritional needs of Aotearoa New Zealand’s population while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, at minimal additional cost to individuals. It will also identify a range of feasible and acceptable policies to help New Zealanders move towards this diet.
Huarahi I Whāia | Approach
The project team will use epidemiological models to predict the effect of an optimal diet on the health of New Zealanders, health inequities and the environment.
A review of international literature and consultation with members of the public and policymakers will shape the selection of several policy interventions which could create a shift towards an optimal diet.
The impact of these interventions will be modelled to inform policymakers and practitioners about how best to improve population diets to maximise health and environmental co-benefits.
How does modelling work to investigate the impact of dietary changes?
Puka Rangahau | Academic Publications
- Andrew N. Reynolds, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Zi-Yi Kok, Cristina Cleghorn. The neglected potential of red and processed meat replacement with alternative protein sources: simulation modelling and systematic review. EClinicalMedicine. 2022 Dec 14;56:101774. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101774.
- Richard W. McDowell, Alexander Herzig, Tony J. van der Weerden, Cristina Cleghorn and William Kaye-Blake. Growing for good: producing a healthy, low greenhouse gas and water quality footprint diet in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, November 2022
Cristina Cleghorn, Assessing the health and environmental benefits of a New Zealand diet optimised for health and climate protection. Sustainability, October 2022Ni Mhurchu.
Pāpāho | Media
- Red flag: Halving our red meat consumption in favour of plant-based alternatives would be good for our health, our wallets and the planet, New Zealand research reveals. The Listener, May 20-26, 2023
- Heat and eat: The climate impact of food, interactive piece, Stuff, December 2022
- Changing what we grow and where could give Kiwis a healthier diet National Business Review (YouTube), December 2022
- Changing what we grow and where could give Kiwis a healthier diet National Business Review, November 2022 [Subscriber access]
- Morning Rural News for 24 November 2022 Radio NZ, November 2022
- ‘Meat the Challenge’, The Listener, October 2022.
- What to eat to save the planet - Future Proof, The Spinoff, August 2022
- Climate and Food, 20 ways to eat a planet friendly diet, Woman Magazine, August 2022
- Which diet is best for saving the planet? Consumer NZ, May 2022
- Fake Meat, Make it till you Fake it, The Listener, April 2022.
- Evidence Based Eating: The Whole Food Solution Buzzsprout, October 2021
- Kiwi ingenuity in the future of food – Expert Reaction Science Media Centre, June 2021