Brits eager to try new climatarian diet in bid to reduce carbon footprint
PEOPLE are becoming eager to switch to a climatarian diet that reduces their carbon footprint, a poll has found.
Seven in ten say the impact of what they eat on the environment is either “very” or “somewhat” important to them.
It suggests beef, lamb and unsustainable fish are off the menu.
Climatarians now look at food origins, the standards used to produce it and how much planetary or human resource went into it.
Cattle farms in particular tend to produce a lot of polluting methane gas while lamb may have travelled far.
So climatarians are more likely to plump for pork, pouy, sustainable fish, dairy, eggs, seasonal fruit and veg and plant food.
Waitrose, which organised the poll, recommends buying British and reducing food waste.
And Prof Mark Maslin, climate-change scientist at University College London, said: “A plant-based diet can literally help to save our planet.”
Dr Alona Pulde, from Lifesum, a nutrition app, said: “A Climatarian diet, focused on whole plant-based foods, has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and obesity.”
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THE Sun today encourages its army of readers to make at least one lifestyle change to slow the advance of climate change.
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Remember even small changes help.
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1. Eat more plants – Going meat-free for a day brings the same carbon saving as not driving for a month.
2. Cut food waste – The average UK family throws away £700 of food a year.
3. Turn down heating – With energy prices rocketing this will save you money.
4. Insulate your home – Stop heating the sky with heat escaping through your roof.
5. Repair and re-use – We ditch the equivalent of 250 t-shirts a year.
6. Walk or cycle one extra journey a day – petrol cars emit twice as much pollution in their first five minutes of use, so even short journeys add to climate change.
Alicia Adendorff is a reporter for Healthy Organic Lifestyle.