Save the date for our symposium “Eating to protect our health and our planet” at the ICN 2022

IUNS ICN Symposium Eating to protect our health and our planet - YINI

Our next symposium will be held in a few weeks… For the occasion, meet us during the 22nd IUNS  International Congress of Nutrition, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2022.

“Eating to protect our health & our planet”

Thursday, DECEMBER 8, 2022, from 09:00am to 10:30am (Tokyo local time)
Tokyo International Forum – Room 7 (Hall D7)

The Symposium will take place at the Tokyo International Forum under the thematic: “Food Culture Practices and Nutrition Education”

IUNS ICN 2022 Eating to protect our health and our planet - program short


  • Introduction, by Prof. Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD  (Chair, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Creating a sustainable food future, by  Dr. Janet Ranganathan, PhD, MsC (The World Resources Institute, Washington DC, USA)
  • Balancing nutritional adequacy and environmental sustainability: what do we learn from modeling studies ?, by Emeritus Prof Dr Frans KOK, PhD (Division of Human Nutrition, University of Wageningen, Netherlands)
  • Family-based interventions to promote sustainable healthy diets, by Dr. Jess Haines, PhD, RD (Guelph Family Health Study, University of Guelph, Canada)
  • Open discussion
  • Summary and conclusion, by Prof Olivier Goulet, PhD, MD(Chair, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology-Hepatology-Nutrition, Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades, Université Paris-Descartes, France)

More about the symposium

The food system is a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions, water and land use and a primary driver of biodiversity loss. Therefore, one of the most pressing issues facing society is the need to deliver diets that are both healthy and sustainable. The FAO and WHO have defined this as “dietary patterns that promote all dimensions of individuals” health and wellbeing, have low environmental pressure and impact, are accessible, affordable, safe and equitable, and are culturally acceptable”(1).

The application of modeling/optimization strategies to identify sustainable dietary patterns that satisfy environmental and nutritional requirements of adults will be reviewed. Lastly, examples of how to guide and educate individuals to adopt more sustainable healthy diets will be presented.

At the conclusion of this symposium, attendees will better understand the environmental challenges confronting the food system as well as strategies to address these challenges through shifting to more sustainable diets. They will also understand what defines sustainable diets and the importance of considering the complexity of the food system when modeling the environmental and nutritional impacts of the diet. Finally, they will be provided with tools for consumer education.

(1) FAO and WHO. 2019. Sustainable healthy diets – Guiding principles. Rome

Stay tuned… Several resources related to the symposium (abstracts, synthesis, slides..)  will be published in the coming weeks !

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