Vol. 13 No. 2 (2020): Climate Change & Health

Climate Change and Nutrition

Niamh Kelly ANutr, BSc Human Nutr
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Diseases, UK
A cycle by a stone cottage

Published 2020-04-23


  • sustainability,
  • food systems,
  • nutrition,
  • climate change

How to Cite

Kelly, N. (2020). Climate Change and Nutrition. Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.38192/13.2.8


Human health and planetary health are intertwined in many ways, food systems being an example. This article describes the complex manner in which food systems impact the environment and how our dietary choices have consequences for climate change. Subsequent changes to weather patterns and ecosystems can then destabilise these food systems impacting on human health. This article explains how various components of food systems must be considered when attempting to understand the effects on climate change. It concludes by offering practical solutions on an individual and societal level to mitigate these effects.


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