EBC advises locals to fight climate change – by eating less meat – Eastleigh News

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As part of its ‘Health and Wellbeing’ and ‘Climate Change’ programme, Eastleigh Council is telling residents they can improve their health and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by eating less meat.

People in Eastleigh with internet access signing up for ‘Let’s stop eating like that’ – a weekly ten-part informational email series – will receive advice and nutritional information on ingredients, recipe ideas and other useful information on reducing meat consumption.

The advice says that nationally, Britons eat 17% less meat than a decade ago and people who cut down on their meat consumption saved an average of £209 a year.

This coincides with the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium which show shoppers are reducing their purchases of meat products as food price inflation rises and the cost of living crisis begins to bite.

The council says it wants to help people eat more balanced diets and reduce meat consumption as part of its health, wellness and climate change agenda.

Eating too much red and processed meat is linked to several serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. At the same time, only one in ten of us gets enough fiber in our diets, which can lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Cllr Tonia Craig, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Policy, said:

This series of emails is not about banishing meat from the kitchen, but rather balancing it with other healthy protein sources for a more complete diet. By eating a little less meat and getting plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, people can reduce the risk of some of our most serious health problems and enjoy a longer life. long and healthier.

Meat production also has a larger environmental footprint in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and land and water use compared to other protein sources.

Cllr Rupert Kyrle, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

Scientists say we need to switch to more sustainable food to prevent climate and ecological degradation. For most of us, that means eating a little less meat and eating more seasonal fruits and vegetables. This series of emails aims to help people make this transition in a way that improves health, saves money, and most importantly, tastes great.

People can subscribe to the Stop Eating Like This email series by visiting www.eastleigh.gov.uk/lets-stop-eating-like-this. (Direct link).

Many local residents have already given up eating meat, but not by choice. Read Cameron Cornell’s report on Eastleigh Core Banking here.

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