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· UK Government urged to back alternative proteins in fight against climate change
· Half of people in one age group have already ditched meat for the environment
UK Government urged to back alternative proteins in fight against climate change
By Jim Cornall, Dairy Reporter
Social Market Foundation has just released a new report calling on the UK government to invest in alternative proteins to meet its climate targets.
The paper said encouraging the consumption of “alternative proteins” that do not come from animals would be politically easier for ministers than taxing traditional products.
Raising cows, sheep and chickens contributes to carbon emissions, and to meet its climate targets, Britain will need to reduce meat consumption, the paper said. Alternative proteins have a significantly lower emissions impact, the report notes. The SMF said artificial meat could make it much easier for consumers to make that change, so ministers should significantly increase support for the fledgling industry.
The Government could recoup a wide array of benefits by supporting alternative proteins, including opening up a green export opportunity for British businesses, reducing the risk of zoonotic diseases and improving animal welfare, the report argues.
It points to government strategic and financial support for other markets associated with the Net Zero transition and said alternative proteins deserved similar attention.
The UK has committed £90m ($124m) to support new alternative protein research, but the SMF said...
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Half of people in one age group have already ditched meat for the environment
Lauren Clark, Yahoo Life
September 5, 2021
It is well known that reducing meat consumption is better for the environment – but some age groups are doing better than others when it comes to acting upon this.
A new survey has revealed that half of 16 to 24 year olds in the UK have committed to a vegetarian way of eating with sustainability in mind.
This is contrast to those above the age of 55 – with just two in ten of the older generations having forgone meat on their plates.
The poll of 2,000 people also revealed which areas of the country are home to most adopters of a plant-based diet.
According to the research, commissioned by meal plan company KBK, the region with the fewest meat eaters, at 40 per cent, is Greater London.
However, the areas consuming the most...