The museum of missed opportunities

We need to eat less meat and more fruit and veg, yet how easy is this for a family on a day out? The OutToLunchUK survey has found that 3 out of 4 children’s lunch meals at top family attractions don't include any veg or salad. Visitor attractions need to do a lot more to show children that healthy, sustainable food can be a treat too. 

We follow the meat money

We're asking how can public money be better spent to encourage less and better meat and dairy and more plant-based eating, inline with health recommendations and climate change reduction targets.

Companies under the spotlight on antimicrobial resistance

By : Clare Richards
Sep 30, 2016
Shareholder activists are urging food companies, including McDonald's, to ensure responsible on-farm antibiotic use.

Making sense of men and meat

Being green is, apparently, a feminine thing. How then do we engage men to think about the meat on their plates? Eating Better is setting a challenge for this year's Do It Day to hash some fresh ideas with help from the marketing world.

From Food Waste to Bean Curd, and back again - Hubbub probes our Protein Pressures

What's behind our food choices? Eating Better's collaborators Hubbub have set out to explore our Protein Pressures and the triggers that can help up us eat less meat.

Better Buying Lab Aims to Accelerate Demand for Sustainable Food

If we want to feed a growing population without straining natural resources, we have to change the way we eat. Daniel Vennard of the World Resources Institute introduces their Better Buying Lab, a new initiative to help shift consumer behavior toward more sustainable, plant-based foods when they shop and dine out.
Image: bacon rashers © EPHA

Effort sharing for the climate means cutting meat consumption and production – with a triple benefit for health

By : European Public Health Alliance
Jul 20, 2016

Unhealthy levels of meat consumption and production are simultaneously driving climate change, diet-related chronic diseases and resistance to antibiotics. A transition towards sustainable diets is necessary for a realistic climate strategy and represents the agricultural sector’s main climate mitigation opportunity.

What does Brexit mean for eating better?

Eating Better is one of 85 organisations that have written to Prime Minister Theresa May and new Secretary of State for exiting the European Union, David Davis, urging the Brexit Government to take control of food, farming and fisheries for public good.

In defence of the EatWell Guide

By : Eating Better
Jul 12, 2016

What is a healthy, sustainable diet? Sometimes it can seem the answer is far from straightforward, but it shouldn't be! We've come together with over 20 leading NGOs to support the UK government's official healthy eating advice, the Eatwell Guide. For our health and planet, advice to eat more plants is hugely important. 

Impacts of agriculture on health – the livestock connection

By : Nikolai Pushkarev
Jul 6, 2016
A healthy diet underpins a healthy life, and so agriculture and the food it produces are intimately connected to public health. However health rarely features in discussions about agriculture and meat production, with disastrous consequences argues the European Public Health Alliance.

Antibiotic resistance is also a food and climate issue

By : David McCoy
Jul 1, 2016
On both grounds of preserving our antibiotics and preventing irreversible ecological degradation and further global warming, the message is clear: we need to reverse the trend of increasing meat production and consumption, and limit forms of livestock farming that are ultimately dangerous, writes Medact's David McCoy.

Are you part of generation moderation?

New research forecasts that a significant proportion of the population is likely to be actively moderating its meat consumption over the next decade. Martin Thomas assesses the trends, opportunities and challenges that will impact on our shifting food culture.

Eating Better supports World Meat Free Day – please join us!

It’s back, Monday 13th June is World Meat Free Day. Join us and thousands of others to raise awareness of the benefits of eating less meat for a healthier, balanced diet that’s better for our planet and fairer to our food systems too.

Healthier sandwiches - by popular demand

Last month we revealed the limited sandwich choice customers get when looking to go meat-free at lunchtime. But it’s not all bad news. Pret a Manger have opened their pop up ‘Not Just for Veggies’ store in London this month to trial new options. And in this blog Andrew Phelps, Catering & Hospitality Service manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University shares his top tips for making healthy and sustainable choices the popular choices.

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