EAT-Lancet vs. #yes2meat: Understanding the digital backlash to the 'planetary health diet'
[The Lancet Correspondance]
Food production, climate change, and human health are intrinsically related. The EAT–Lancet Commission1 is one of the first attempts to summarise and communicate the best available science on what constitutes a healthy diet within environmental targets. The launch of the report was paralleled by several international launch events, including a social media campaign with its own hashtag: #EATLancet.
Although the report was positively received by established international media outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times, it also led to highly polarised debates online including misinformation, conspiracy theories, and personal attacks along with the hashtag #yes2meat. The controversies online associated with the EAT–Lancet Commission, we believe, show how a rapidly changing media landscape and polarisation pose serious challenges to science communication on health and climate issues. (…)
V. Galaz, D. Garcia, S. Daume, EAT-Lancet vs. #yes2meat: Understanding the digital backlash to the ‘planetary health diet’, The Lancet online first: Nov 25 (2019)