The UK government today unveiled a new net zero plan which it was forced to draw up after its existing plans were deemed completely insufficient in terms of meeting climate goals by 2050. The newly compiled plan is again criticised by environmental groups as a missed opportunity failing to address the vital role of sustainable foods.
Surveys consistently reveal that UK consumers are interested in alternative proteins and are compelled to purchase foods that are less detrimental to the planet. A ProVeg survey from just last month found that 59% of the British public would like meat and dairy alternatives to be subsidised by the government to make them more affordable.
Another recent study revealed that a focus on alternative proteins could halt biodiversity loss in the UK and help achieve the objectives of the UK’s Environmental Improvement Plan 2023. The government fails to recognise or address such studies or the opportunities offered by their conclusions.
Today’s announcements refer to sustainable proteins in the UK’s net zero research and development delivery plan for 2022-2025, repackaging an existing funding call from Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
UK strategy is sorely needed