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How Strict to Be?



Showcasing strict, to-the-letter religious adherence to each and every single thing in the healthy reference diet (HRD) is not something we're after. Our goal instead is to showcase how the report's recommendations can be adapted to everything from cultural imperatives to personal preferences. This flexibility is highlighted several times in the text itself.



The report, of which the HRD is only a part, is intended to address both environmental and health issues. Environmental tolerances are what they are and offer less flexibility in the implementation of the diet (i.e. we all need to drastically cut our consumption of farmed meat in order to get their levels down to something ecologically restorative - especially with respect to water consumption - and there's really no way around that). But with personal health, there's a little more flexibility to the extent that you're willing to risk it, adjusting other aspects of your lifestyle to mitigate that risk.


To that end, we're making ourselves a few allowances that either a.) directly run counter to EAT-Lancet, or b.) are not directly addressed by the report:

  • Cured meats - particularly charcuterie - are allowed

  • Wild meats will be allowed in limited quantities yet TBD. This is a nod to my own indigenous cultural heritage where wild meats constituted an important and nutritious part of the diet.* This will take us over the meat allowances specified in the HRD, but this is not to the detriment of the environment.

  • We're not planning to be all that careful about our intake of added sugar

What this boils down to is a willingness to tolerate extra risk to our own health based on our lifestyles: we're all young, healthy, physically active farmers who spend a great deal of time outdoors and exercising. And even with the allowances of salts and extra meats, these will 1.) have no added negative environmental impact, and 2.) likely be mitigated by an ~85% reduction in meat consumption and a huge increase in consumption of fruits and vegetables.


*Part of a broader pattern in which we plan to adopt an indigenous-focused implementation of EAT-Lancet, focusing on eastern woodland ingredients, cooking methods, and ethics.

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