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Diets with more fruit and veg are not necessarily better for environmental sustainability

We might assume that a healthy diet which is lower in meat and contains more fruit and vegetables would not only be good for us, but would also be better for the environment. But a review article in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society has found that this healthier diet could actually result in higher levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions!

If you replace meat by fruit and vegetables but keep the total amount of dietary energy constant then end result will be higher GHG emissions.

The findings illustrate the difficulties of making dietary recommendations that combine healthier living and environmental sustainability.


Story source: Food Manufacture, 31 May 2013


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