Denmark prepares new dietary guidelines

Consumers are asked to choose climate-friendly food such as poultry instead of beef.

Posted on Feb 24 ,12:33

Denmark prepares new dietary guidelines

New dietary guidelines will be released in Denmark to ease consumer's task to choose climate-friendly food. Among the initiatives prepared by both Food and Climate Ministries are new climate-friendly dietary advice and a campaign with climate tips for everyday food. "Healthy and climate-friendly food should be for everyone - regardless of the size of the purse. It's not about dropping steaks and bolognese altogether. But if we all eat a little greener, then it has a huge potential for both climate and public health. It is, after all, really a positive effect," declared Food Minister Mogens Jensen.

The majority of Danes (70%) believe that it is important to fight climate change by making our food habits more sustainable. The climate footprint from the Danes' food is today about three tonnes of CO2 per person. By choosing foods with the lowest climate imprint within each food group, such as eating chicken instead of beef and potatoes instead of rice, a person can cut about 20-30% of the food's climate imprint. If he/she changes the meat with green, the climate impression is even lower. At the same time, healthy food is one of the most important factors when it comes to fighting overweight and lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
"We want to make it easier for the Danes themselves to do something for the climate - and here our eating habits mean a lot. Many Danes want to eat more sustainably, but it can be difficult at the same time to change old habits. That is why we have made a number of concrete climate tips that will make it easier to make delicious and climate-friendly food in a busy day," added Climate Minister Dan Jorgensen.
The Danes can expect to meet the campaign "Mad happy climate tips" in the spring of 2020, while the new dietary advice will be launched in January 2021.

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