General Article Healthy planet eating

Topic Selected: Dietary Choices
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Key findings

  • Over the last 50 years the quantity of meat produced around the world has quadrupled while the global population has doubled.
  • We could prevent 45,000 early deaths and save the NHS £1.2 billion each year if we switched to diets that contain less meat in the UK.
  • Lower-meat diets could cut deaths from heart disease by 31,000, deaths from cancer by 9,000 and deaths from strokes by 5,000 each year.
  • There is clear evidence of a link between high-meat diets and a higher incidence of bowel cancer and heart disease, with some evidence of a link between high-meat diets and other cancers, diabetes and obesity.
  • Processed meat is more damaging to health than unprocessed meats.
  • Grass-fed beef has nutritional advantages over grain-fed options.
  • The nutritional value of some meat has decreased as a result of modern farming methods. A standard supermarket chicken now contains significantly less protein and

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