Eating greens makes you greener!

A new survey by Lancaster University has indicated that if everyone in the UK became vegetarian then the benefit to the environment would be the same as taking half the nation’s cars off the road.

The research was lead by Professor Nick Hewitt who said “informed dietary choices can make a significant difference to greenhouse gas, reducing food-related emissions by around a quarter.”

The analysis showed that eating a balanced diet is good for the environment as well as you. This is because red meat, processed food and dairy products create the largest carbon footprint of all food types surveyed, compared to chicken, fish, vegetables and pulses that have a relatively low impact.

The upcoming climate week campaign is also encouraging us to ‘eat low carbon’ with food consumption believed to equate to 20% of the UK greenhouse gas emissions. The campaigns website shows you that you can eat great tasty food while reducing your carbon footprint with fantastic recipes from top chefs to show you how.

Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign – 12 to 18 March 2012

Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every sector of society. Showcasing real, practical ways to combat climate change, the campaign aims to renew our ambition to create a more sustainable, low-carbon future.

Climate Week is backed by every part of society – from the Prime Minister to Paul McCartney, the NHS to the Met Office, the TUC to the CBI, Girlguiding UK to the National Association of Head Teachers. It is supported by a Headline Partner Tesco, and four Supporting Partners: EDF Energy, H&M, Nissan and SodaStream. During the first Climate Week in 2011 over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK.

To find out more about getting involved in Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com

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