At the end of 2013 EPHA joined forces with "Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy future", a broad alliance working together to help people move towards eating less meat and more food that’s better for us and the planet, as part of the vital task of creating sustainable food and farming systems. From a public health point of view, diets lower in animal proteins consumption (meat and dairy) as well as environment-friendly livestock production would benefit people’s health and well-being.
This text has been adapted after the introduction presented on the Eating Better website:
What is Eating Better?
Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy future is a broad alliance working together to help people move towards eating less meat and more food that’s better for us and the planet, as part of the vital task of creating sustainable food and farming systems.
Our vision is a world in which everyone values and has access to healthy, humane and sustainable diets. High meat consuming countries and individuals have reduced their consumption in line with health recommendations and greenhouse gas reduction targets. Meat is produced humanely and sustainably, its production provides sustainable livelihoods, environmental benefits and it is consumed in quantities consistent with good health and global resource use capacity.
We will do this by:
Eating Better encourages a culture where we place greater value on the food we eat, the animals that provide it and the people who produce it. Eating Better supports farmers who produce meat in a sustainable way. Moderating our meat consumption – whether red, white or processed meats – while also choosing ‘better’ meat that is naturally-fed, has a known provenance and is produced to high animal welfare, environmental and quality standards can help support farmers without being more expensive for consumers. A ‘less but better’ approach to meat with meals based around a greater variety of plant-based foods will ensure healthy, balanced diets that are better for the planet and for fairer food systems too.
Who is involved?
Eating Better has been developed in consultation with a broad range of UK national organisations, including those with health, environment, resource use, social justice, animal welfare, consumer, international development and faith perspectives. We are also inviting support from academics and other experts, food producers and businesses that support our vision and mission.
While our starting point is the UK we are developing links elsewhere in Europe and globally and a number of our supporting organisations and partner networks are already working internationally. We’d like to learn from and inspire other initiatives elsewhere in the world.