Grow your own veggies and save the planet

Written by on February 11, 2016 in Food & Drink, Kids, Wellbeing - Comments Off on Grow your own veggies and save the planet

Food is a key environmental issue. What we eat and the ways in which we are growing, producing and processing food has a massive impact on our planet, contributing substantially to climate change and biodiversity loss. We all know by now that meat production creates an extremely heavy burden on our planet, to put it mildly, and that is not taking into account the horrible life and death these animals go through. Numerous studies have shown that consuming meat (especially red and processed meat) is linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease, and eating a plant-based diet is much healthier. So ditch the meat, or at least keep it for a special occasion, and discover the delicious meals you can prepare with veggies. In the words of food guru Michael Pollan:“Eat [whole]food; not too much; mostly plants.”

WWF research: 85% of parents would change their family diet to help protect the planet
New survey results released by WWF-UK have revealed that 85% of parents of primary school age children are willing to change their family diet to help protect the environment. Unfortunately, only 13% of parents are currently taking steps to improve their impact, with a lack of information on the subject holding many of them back.


Of those surveyed, 77% of children say that school is the biggest source of learning about food, and 39% of parents say they learn from their family – so what kids learn at school could make a real difference to the whole family’s diet.

Plant2Plate Campaign
Acting on this news, WWF-UK is launching the Plant2Plate campaign to help support schools, parents and children to consume and produce food in a sustainable way. In a calendar of events throughout 2016, the Plant2Plate campaign will provide free school resources based on WWF’s Livewell principles – a set of easy-to-follow guidelines that will encourage better food choices – from eating more vegetables and plant-based food, consuming meat in moderation, and wasting less food, all of which could help make a real difference to help protect the future of the planet.


Plant2Plate has also launched a recipe competition, in partnership with Alpro, makers of plant-based food and drink, calling on budding young chefs to enter a tasty, original recipe, which includes fruit or vegetables they have grown at school. The top 50 winning recipes will be published in a recipe book and the overall winner will receive £1000 to spend on gardening or cooking equipment for their school.

Schools wanting to get involved can enter the Plant2Plate recipe competition by sending their recipe by email to or by post to Green Ambassadors Recipe Competition, WWF-UK, The Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4LL. Closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 6th June 2016.

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