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'We need to eat less and better meat and dairy' say campaigners

A powerful alliance of 52 organisations have set out their stall for how to eat meat and dairy more sustainably.

Eating Better and its partners including Friends of the Earth, Sustain, WWF and Compassion in World Farming have released a report which sets out how a ‘less and better’ approach to meat and dairy is better for people, animals and the environment.

The report, Principles for Eating Meat and Dairy More Sustainably: the 'less and better' approach is well-timed, as the UK Government is currently consulting on a post-Brexit food and farming strategy. Eating Better is calling on DEFRA to integrate a less and better approach to meat and dairy into its plans, and to do more to encourage and reward farmers adopting more sustainable and higher welfare animal farming methods. 

The report sets out Eating Better’s ‘less and better’ approach including a guide to assurance and labelling schemes to help people choose better meat and dairy. There is practical advice to help policy makers, food companies and the public put this approach into practice. It also details eight principles explaining how meat and dairy consumption impacts upon the climate, animal welfare, nature, health, worldwide access to food, effectiveness of antibiotics, resource use and waste and the livelihoods of farmers.

8 principles:

1. Choose better for the climate
2. Choose better for animals
3. Choose better for nature
4. Choose better for feeding the world fairly
5. Choose better for health
6. Choose better for responsible antibiotic use
7. Choose better for cutting waste
8. Choose better for livelihoods

Full report
Summary report