More than half of Brits say they plan to replace meat with plant-based meals in parts of their diet, survey finds


MORE than half of Brits say the plan to replace meat with plant-based meals in part of their diet, a survey has found.

Research found many believed it’d be a way to cut back on their soaring food bills.

The research, which was commissioned by The John Lewis Partnership for the launch of its Nature Plan, highlights the importance of safeguarding our natural world, as well as how it plans to protect and restore biodiversity across its retail operations.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been deeply tragic and painful for many, but duringthe lockdown period, we learned some valuable lessons. As global transport cameto a standstill and industrial sites closed, we experienced falls in carbon dioxideand nitrogen dioxide, and wildlife thrived. We have seen similar benefits from human intervention, such as the revival of the Patagonian toothfish in the Southern Oceans. A once endangered species, the toothfish population has recovered thanks to the implementation of sustainable, properly managed and monitored fishing. This is one of countless examples where ecosystems have bounced back through humanintervention. But more urgencyand more action needs to be taken bygloballeaders, and the British public seem to agree

In fact, of the 58 per cent of Brits who said they are planning to replace some of the meat in their diet with more plant-based meals, 52 per cent are doing so because of the environmental benefits.

But while 36 per cent are doing so because it is more of an ethical choice, a third view it as an opportunity to cut costs from their food bills.

Interestingly, 57 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, feel it is important retailers responsibly source wherever in the world they get their products.

While 26 per cent think it’s important retailers responsibly source only in the UK.

Marija Rompani added: “This research shows the British public are considering their own actions and so are we – this is why we’re going back to our roots and focusing our efforts on protecting and restoring nature.

“Whether it’s eliminating fossil fuel use across our transport operations, investing millions in conservation projects in regions where we source our products, collaborating with other retailers, or helping our farmers make the transition to net zero, we are acting where we can make the biggest impact.”

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