According to renowned health organisations, low consumption of fruits, grains, and vegetables and high consumption of animal products heightens the risk of various diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and cancer, and is directly related to serious environmental problems, including deforestation and excessive water use.
These issues are particularly pertinent in Hong Kong, whose 144 kg annual per capita meat consumption exceeds that of any country in the world. Daily consumption of meat, fish, and eggs is more than double the Department of Health’s recommended limits, while consumption of livestock has been found responsible for an estimated 50 percent of Hong Kong’s total consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions.
With these problems in mind, countless institutions in Hong Kong and around the world, in partnership with programmes such as Conscious Eating Hong Kong, and following the guidelines of organisations such as the U.N. and publications such as the Dietary Guidelines for Chinese Residents (2016), have implemented new food policies to boost the consumption of plant-based foods and reduce the consumption of animal products.
Take a look at some of the key benefits of this change!