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· UK Government Report Recommends Brits Slash Meat Consumption by 30 Percent
… Animal-rights group Humane Society International (HSI) applauds the NFS report for acknowledging the damaging effects of animal agriculture on the environment, human health, and biodiversity…
· From taxing salt and sugar to reducing animal proteins: The controversial proposals in the UK’s National Food Strategy paper
… they want to see government financing to support bringing the boom in food tech – particularly in the alt. protein space…
UK Government Report Recommends Brits Slash Meat Consumption by 30 Percent
Commissioned by the UK government, the National Food Strategy report aims to restore public health and fight climate change by urging the public to slash meat consumption by 30 percent while upping intake of fruits and vegetables over the next decade.
by Anna Starostinetskaya, VegNews
July 14, 2021
This week, the United Kingdom released the second part of its National Food Strategy (NFS) Report which recommends that British citizens reduce their consumption of meat by 30 percent in the next decade. The NFS report also recommends Brits increase consumption of fruit and vegetables by 30 percent within that time frame. The report was commissioned by the UK government and led by British businessman Henry Dimbleby—co-founder of popular Leon Restaurants chain.
Animal-rights group Humane Society International (HSI) applauds the NFS report for acknowledging the damaging effects of animal agriculture on the environment, human health, and biodiversity. In November 2021, the UK is hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow and HSI is urging the UK government to take the lead in implementing the report’s findings to set an example for world leaders.
“The recommendations in the Food Strategy report are bold, visionary, and urgent, and it is imperative that the UK government listens and acts decisively to wean the nation off the vast quantities of cheap meat that are wrecking our health, the environment, and causing immense suffering to billions of animals,” HSI UK Executive Director Claire Bass said.
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From taxing salt and sugar to reducing animal proteins: The controversial proposals in the UK’s National Food Strategy paper
By Katy Askew, Food Navigator
In 2019 the UK government commissioned a review of the country’s food system. Today, the results are in – and the far-reaching paper includes some controversial recommendations.
The National Food Strategy, an independent review led by businessman Henry Dimbleby, was released this morning. Dimbelby described the document as an examination of ‘how the food system really works’, ‘the damage it is doing to our bodies and our ecosystem’, and ‘the interventions we could make to prevent these harms’.
“The food system we have now has evolved over many years. It won’t be easy to reshape it. But time is not on our side. The effects of climate change are already becoming apparent around the world. Diet related disease is putting an intolerable strain on our nation’s health and finances – and COVID-19 has only increased the pressure. For our own health, and that of our planet, we must act now,” he stressed.
The document set out a comprehensive set of 14 recommendations, spanning land-use and food production, diet-related inequality and disease, and the promotion of a ‘long-term shift in our food culture’.
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Harrow expressed caution that the report failed to place the consumer at the heart of its recommendations. “I am concerned that it does not take into account what the consumer wants. Rather, it appears to be taking the stance of knowing what’s best for them, and I am sceptical about how this approach will be received by the public.”
Perhaps the most significant example of this is the report's recommendations on the consumption of animal-based proteins, already a highly polarizing subject.
The report calls for a 30% reduction in meat consumption between 2019 and 2032 in order to meet ‘health, climate and nature commitments’.
“One of the most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and free up land for nature is to cut back on animal proteins. 85% of the land used to feed us is used for livestock farming, even though meat and dairy only account for one-third of our calories. Plant-based proteins produce, on average, 70 times less greenhouse gas emissions than an equivalent amount of beef, and use more than 150 times less land,” the paper argued.
The report’s authors stress that the plant-based market offers significant potential for growth and advocate exploiting this as a route to economic development. In particular, they want to see government financing to support bringing the boom in food tech – particularly in the alt. protein space – to UK shores...