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What’s the beef? UWE’s view on red meat consumption

With an estimated 350,000 people getting involved with Veganuary this year, it’s the perfect time to talk about much meat we are eating. A quarter of all global greenhouse emissions come from food, with animal products contributing to more than half of all food emissions. 

Decreasing meat consumption is just one of UWE’s many commitments to sustainability. But how do students and staff feel about it? 

In December, 231 UWE students and staff were surveyed regarding their attitudes and habits around beef consumption. A third said they never buy meals with beef in; a fifth said they only eat beef monthly and a quarter said they are not aware of the impact beef has on the environment. 

Beef has a bigger carbon footprint than any other food.

Eating beef 1-2 times a week contributes 604kg to your annual greenhouse gas emissions which is the equivalent of a return flight from London to Malaga. Increase this to 3-5 portions a week and you’ll be taking five return flights to Malaga.

If beef was not on the menu, 8 out of 10 of those surveyed would still eat at the SU bar and Onezone. 

With so many sustainably conscious residents, it’s no wonder that Bristol is the vegan capital of the world. There are many meat free alternatives available now, so whether you’re a meat eater, flexi or veggie we can all make sustainable choices. But should beef on campus be banned altogether? 

Featured photo by Jodie Sutton

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