News 10 July 2021

New government report to encourage people to swap meat for algae or fermented microbes

10 July 2021

A new report ordered by the government will encourage people to swap meat for algae and fermented microbes in a bid to address the UK’s obesity problem and the demands of climate change.

The National Food Strategy released part one of their report and it has already been announced that the report will suggest a six per cent tax on salty foods.

Now according to The Times, the report will also ask people to swap to meat alternatives and algae or fermented microbes to save lives and the planet.

Obesity has been linked to a worsened prognosis for people with coronavirus.

Part One of the report by the National Report Strategy said, “As people adapted to lockdown, their food habits began to change. Unhealthy snacking rose hugely and many people gained weight.

“Over a third of the most deprived people in the UK can be classed as obese.”

The report also added that poorer people tend to eat less fruit and vegetables than their well-off counterparts.

The report said, “Analysis of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that adults and children in the lowest income decile on average eat 42% less fruit and vegetables than recommended (while the wealthiest eat 13% less).

“In the most deprived areas of England, the prevalence of excess weight is 11 percentage points higher than in the least deprived areas.”

The report is also set to recommend that low-income families be “prescribed” fruit and vegetables as food poverty continues to plague the UK.

The National Food Strategy said, “there’s a wise saying, in military circles, about the danger of always preparing for the last war, instead of the war to come. Another crisis will hit the food system, perhaps quite soon.

“Next time, it will most likely be climate related. We must build a healthier world, the better to withstand the next big crisis. Part Two of the National Food Strategy will lay out a blueprint for a better food system: one that no longer makes us, or our planet, sick.”

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