As November begins and we move into Winter, this month’s One Planet living information will focus on local and sustainable food -promoting sustainable, humane farming and healthy diets using local, seasonal, organic food and vegetable protein .

According to recent research , if everyone on the planet consumed as much as the average US citizen, five Earths would be needed to sustain us. With populations set to reach more than 10 billion by 2050, it is more important than ever to eat and live sustainably.

The IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) have released statistics showing a plant-based diet has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions, in line with this we will also be launching our *Meat Free Monday Competition and providing plant-based recipes to promote healthier food choices and the importance of eating sustainably. See below for details on our competition

Statistics :

  • Animal Agriculture is the source of around 14.5% of greenhouse gases. This is 5 times more than arable farming.
  • Naturally rich in vitamins, high in fibre, and low in saturated fat, eating more plant-based foods can lower risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain forms of cancer.
  • Per ton of product, animal products generally have a larger water footprint than crop products. The average water footprint per calorie for beef is twenty times larger than for cereals
  • With a wide variety of pluses, legumes, and meat alternatives - it has never been easier to have a meat free day.
  • Cheap plant-based staples such as fruit and veg, rice, potatoes, beans, herbs, and spices can make a million tasty different meals

* You must be a current member of staff or a student of South West College to enter the Meat Free Monday Competition

Are you passionate about sustainability?

Would you like to be able to do more and make a difference? Contact our sustainability team to find out how you can.