According to last year’s study, vegan Christmas dinner is better for the planet than a traditional meat-heavy Christmas meal.
The study conducted by the Humane Society International UK and a Harvard University proves that a traditional turkey Christmas dinner in the UK has double the greenhouse gas emissions of a vegan nut roast.
A Christmas dinner that consists of meat and stuffed turkey roast, gravy, roast potatoes in goose fat and pigs in blankets produce emissions of 23.5kg of carbon dioxide. This amount equals driving 78.5 miles in a car. The same vegan Christmas dinner that consists of a nut roast, roast potatoes in vegetable oil, vegan pigs in blankets, vegetable stuffing and gravy emits 9.5kg of carbon dioxide which equals 31 miles of driving.
If 85% of the UK households chose plant-based Christmas dishes that would save 131 million kg of carbon dioxide emissions.
Scientists urge consumers to reduce their meat consumption to reduce emissions. The animal agriculture and meat industry contribute to water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
40% of UK households skipping the turkey this year
Eating meat and dairy is also linked to many severe health issues, including cancer, diabetes, hormonal and skin problems. Reducing meat consumption and switching to a more plant-based diet is also beneficial to your heart. It helps with allergies, food-related illnesses, heart diseases and mental well-being.
Food habits have changed in the last few years with consumers being more aware of climate emergency, their concerns about the environment and animal welfare. Turkey is no longer the most popular main course for Christmas dinner. This year more than 10% of households will enjoy a completely vegan or vegetarian Christmas dinner.