UK organisations are starting to opt for plant-based protein
The UK’s public catering contractors have pledged to cut meat on menus in UK schools, hospitals, universities and nursing homes by up to 20% under an initiative called #20percentlessmeat.
Through communication and communication between Public Sector Catering 100 (PSC100) and the charitable organisation Humane Society International UK (HSI UK), the programme aims to reduce the environmental impact of the food industry and improve health.
Established in 2011, the “PSC100” is made up of caterers, nutritionists, politicians, healthy eating campaigners and suppliers who operate in the public sector and use their collective influence to drive government legislation and action, through catering and education Initiatives to help people adopt healthier lifestyles.
A 20% reduction in animal meat can be achieved in a number of ways, including implementing weekly meat-free days, reducing the meat content of certain dishes, replacing meat with plant-based protein alternatives, and better advertising vegetarian meals to encourage consumption choose more plant-based options.
Humane Society International believes reducing meat intake would save the lives of around 45,000 cattle or 16 million chickens. In addition, it estimates that the carbon savings from reducing meat by 20 percent would be equivalent to 200,000 tons, which would have the same environmental impact as removing more than 400,000 cars from the road in a year.
The move will also benefit human health, as a 2015 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that eating large amounts of red and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. High consumption of meat has also been linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society UK, said:
“We are delighted with our strong commitment to reducing the impact of the food industry on the environment, human health and animals. The plant-based industry has prospered in recent years with more supermarkets and restaurants developing plant-based products. Hence PSC100 The decision of the Group’s participation plan commitment was correct and timely, food services in the public sector need to be aligned with the needs of consumers. The environmental and climate benefits of reducing consumption of animal products could not have been clearer. Schools, hospitals, nursing homes , universities and other UK institutions to reduce meat by 20% will also help improve human health and reduce the burden on the public healthcare system.”
In fact, in October last year, more than 60 scientists sent letters to governments around the world. They called on schools and hospitals to cut back on animal products for a better environment. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector accounts for 14.5 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Data also shows that more and more people are willing to eat less meat for health and the environment, and choose to incorporate more plant-based foods in their meals.