We are not only responsible for the food choices we make from a health perspective, but also from an environmental one. Consumer demand drives production and the methods suppliers use to meet them. For too long many of us have consumed products without sparing a thought for where it came from and how, and what the negative impacts may have been on the planet in that process.
It's easy to forget that there are multiple factors driving the current vegan trend - ethics and health of course but there are a large number of people going vegan because of environmental factors too. Moderation and mindful consumption is what I promote, so the message is not that everyone should give up meat and animal based products, but more to consider your choices.
Do you know how much CO2 is produced per KG of animal based food consumed? The stats are pretty crazy!
Lamb is said to have the biggest environmental impact with a whopping 39.3KG per KG consumed.
Beef has the second most impact with an estimated 27.1KG of CO2 produced per KG consumed
Cheese is then the third most impactful!
Consider how you could reduce your impact through some small changes. Here are a few ideas:
- Meat Free Monday
- Swapping meat for oily fish in a few meals a week
- Using nut based milks rather than dairy in your porridge
- Buying vegetables from the UK, and as locally as possible, only
Making small changes like this are realistic and achievable and have great health benefits too. We'd love to hear how you get on.