It’s a win-win-win. If you’re a big meat eater, reducing meat and dairy in your diet could be one of the best things you do for the planet, your health and your wallet.
Switching to a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 every year and can reduce the carbon footprint of what you eat by up to 73%.
According to one study, Bristol is the vegan capital of the world, so where better to try something new?
If meat is a regular part of your diet, you can still make a difference just by eating the occasional meat-free meal. Only a fifth of the UK population is vegetarian or vegan so every meat-free meal counts!
We understand some people in Bristol have little or no choice about which food they buy. No one should be made to feel guilty about the food they eat when they don’t have the option to choose different foods.
Support our local farmers
A sustainable diet can be a win for our local farmers too. Buying high welfare, locally produced meat and dairy can have a smaller footprint.
We spend less of our incomes on food than we ever have over the years, but food hasn’t got any cheaper to produce. Prices have dropped partly because of cost cutting. That means more pollution, more transportation, more greenhouse gas emissions and reduction in biodiversity. Cheap food often means farmers aren’t getting a fair price and many are struggling.
Of course, we recognise it can be more expensive to buy some local or organic foods, meaning it’s not possible for everyone. But it does make a difference if you are able to make some changes to your shopping habits. Planning your meals in advance can help streamline your meals and your shopping bill.