Research Series 75: Reverse thinking: taking a healthy diet perspective towards food systems transformations

This paper argues that food systems transformation should incorporate a dietary perspective that is guided by information on diets, dietary trends, consumer motives, and the food environment characteristics.
It shows that dietary trends differ by food system development stage, thus different transformational approaches are required. It reviews the knowledge on drivers of consumer choices and discusses conflicting objectives and trade-offs among the multiple food systems actors. It outlines promising policy options and reflects on how a dietary perspective may contribute to sustainable food systems transformations.