The best of 2016

Who or what is your 2016 champion? As the year draws to an end we’ve selected Eating Better’s Best of 2016: from campaigns to chefs, cities and countries. Check out the 10 people, organisations and initiatives that we’re celebrating for championing less & better meat and encouraging more plant-based eating for our health and the health of our planet.

How being an ethical carnivore taught me to eat less meat

What is an ethical carnivore? Louise Gray discusses how being more in touch with where our meat comes from could help us to eat less of it.

Eating Better supports call for end to EU meat promotion money

Eating Better is one of 12 organisations that has signed a letter to European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, questioning his recent commitment to funding meat promotion.

Are you vegcurious?

We've launched a new campaign to encourage men to explore their vegcurious side. We’ve teamed up with the marketing industry’s Do It Day initiative to create a new way of talking about eating less meat, through fun and positive messages and a set of adverts to inspire a new generation of men at www.vegcurious.org and via the hashtag #vegcurious.

 

The museum of missed opportunities

We need to eat less meat and more fruit and veg, yet how easy is this for a family on a day out? The OutToLunchUK survey has found that 3 out of 4 children’s lunch meals at top family attractions don't include any veg or salad. Visitor attractions need to do a lot more to show children that healthy, sustainable food can be a treat too. 

We follow the meat money

We're asking how can public money be better spent to encourage less and better meat and dairy and more plant-based eating, inline with health recommendations and climate change reduction targets.

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.

Making sense of men and meat

Being green is, apparently, a feminine thing. How then do we engage men to think about the meat on their plates? Eating Better is setting a challenge for this year's Do It Day to hash some fresh ideas with help from the marketing world.

From Food Waste to Bean Curd, and back again - Hubbub probes our Protein Pressures

What's behind our food choices? Eating Better's collaborators Hubbub have set out to explore our Protein Pressures and the triggers that can help up us eat less meat.

Better Buying Lab Aims to Accelerate Demand for Sustainable Food

If we want to feed a growing population without straining natural resources, we have to change the way we eat. Daniel Vennard of the World Resources Institute introduces their Better Buying Lab, a new initiative to help shift consumer behavior toward more sustainable, plant-based foods when they shop and dine out.
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.

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