Healthy eating advice must be healthy for the planet too

In a new briefing published today, Eating Better and Medact are calling on governments and health professionals to do more to promote the key health and sustainability message to reduce meat and dairy consumption and eat more plant-based foods.

Less meat in the new French guidelines

The French food agency (ANSES) has updated the guidance that underpins France's official dietary guidelines. The update recommends limiting red meat consumption to under 500g per week, and processed meat to 25g per day, whilst giving pulses, fruit and veg a greater role in the diet. 

Less meat, more veg

New analysis identifies the huge gap between healthy & sustainable diets and what we’re actually eating

Mr. Beans, by Kenneth Leung (CC BY 2.0)

How reliable is the Eatwell Guide, the official chart of what foods you should be eating?

By : Mike Rayner
Dec 24, 2016
The Eatwell Guide, the UK's official dietary advice, provides all of us with a clear indication of what foods we should be eating, but what does this advice mean precisely? According to new analysis, it boils down to eat less meat and processed foods and more plant-based foods.

Companies under the spotlight on antimicrobial resistance

By : Clare Richards
Sep 30, 2016
Shareholder activists are urging food companies, including McDonald's, to ensure responsible on-farm antibiotic use.
Image: bacon rashers © EPHA

Effort sharing for the climate means cutting meat consumption and production – with a triple benefit for health

By : European Public Health Alliance
Jul 20, 2016

Unhealthy levels of meat consumption and production are simultaneously driving climate change, diet-related chronic diseases and resistance to antibiotics. A transition towards sustainable diets is necessary for a realistic climate strategy and represents the agricultural sector’s main climate mitigation opportunity.

What does Brexit mean for eating better?

Eating Better is one of 85 organisations that have written to Prime Minister Theresa May and new Secretary of State for exiting the European Union, David Davis, urging the Brexit Government to take control of food, farming and fisheries for public good.

In defence of the EatWell Guide

By : Eating Better
Jul 12, 2016

What is a healthy, sustainable diet? Sometimes it can seem the answer is far from straightforward, but it shouldn't be! We've come together with over 20 leading NGOs to support the UK government's official healthy eating advice, the Eatwell Guide. For our health and planet, advice to eat more plants is hugely important. 

Impacts of agriculture on health – the livestock connection

By : Nikolai Pushkarev
Jul 6, 2016
A healthy diet underpins a healthy life, and so agriculture and the food it produces are intimately connected to public health. However health rarely features in discussions about agriculture and meat production, with disastrous consequences argues the European Public Health Alliance.

Antibiotic resistance is also a food and climate issue

By : David McCoy
Jul 1, 2016
On both grounds of preserving our antibiotics and preventing irreversible ecological degradation and further global warming, the message is clear: we need to reverse the trend of increasing meat production and consumption, and limit forms of livestock farming that are ultimately dangerous, writes Medact's David McCoy.

Healthier sandwiches - by popular demand

Last month we revealed the limited sandwich choice customers get when looking to go meat-free at lunchtime. But it’s not all bad news. Pret a Manger have opened their pop up ‘Not Just for Veggies’ store in London this month to trial new options. And in this blog Andrew Phelps, Catering & Hospitality Service manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University shares his top tips for making healthy and sustainable choices the popular choices.

Plenty: Food, farming and health in a new Scotland

Ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, Bella Crowe of the Scottish Food Coalition says a transformation of Scotland’s Food Policy is urgently needed. 

Go Dutch for sustainable diets

New dietary guidance from the Netherlands advises cutting back on meat and enjoying more vegetables and plant-based foods for health and sustainability.

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