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By Liena Wright | January 10th, 2019



Vegan, flexitarian, doing meat-free Mondays or taking part in Veganuary? (is there anyone who isn’t doing Veganuary this year?).  Not only will you be enjoying lots of delicious food, you’re also doing something amazing for the planet too…

First off, the United Nations has said that a shift towards meat and dairy free diets is needed globally to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change. Uh-oh.

And if you want more proof, experts at Oxford University have declared that veganism is the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce our environmental impact. In fact, they said that cutting out meat and dairy can reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.

Joseph Poore, lead author of the study had this to say: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication [enrichment of nutrients to you and I], land use and water use.

“It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car, which would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” He said.

And there’s even more bad news for meat and dairy eaters. According to environmental organisation, Worldwatch animal agriculture is the greatest cause of greenhouse gasses by humans. Anyone still reading who isn’t ditching the meat and dairy?

The ‘year of the vegan’

With stats like this it’s no surprise that 2019 has already been dubbed the ‘year of the vegan’. According to the Guardian more than 250,000 people around the world have signed up to take part in Veganuary. And in the UK 1% of the population is already vegan. More and more of us are adopting a flexitarian diet for health, ethical and sustainability reasons. Hell, even Beyoncéand Jay Z are urging their fans to eat more plant-based foods. In a new book, The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World,by Marco Borges. They say: “We all have a responsibility to stand up for our health and the health of the planet. Let’s take this stand together. Let’s spread the truth. Let’s make this mission a movement.” (source: https://www.nme.com/news/music/beyonce-and-jay-z-want-their-fans-to-go-vegan-2425971#bgsMQKsKmWYGIYFx.99)

Sustainable food sourcing for awesome plant based ice cream

When thinking about sustainability of the vegan diet, food sourcing is obviously a talking point… flying in avocados from Kenya where there is such as shortage that the government put a ban on exporting the fruit is not going to be the answer. Or pushing up the cost of quinoa so much that the people who produce it can’t afford to eat it. We take ethical food sourcing seriously here at Northern Bl°c. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that not only are our ingredients of the highest quality, but that they are responsibly sourced.

Vegan, flexitarian – do it your own way

Some of us have to be vegan, others choose to be. Either way, you don’t have to compromise when it comes to vegan food. Especially with our awesome, can’t-even-tell-its-plant-based vegan ice cream. Get your hands on some chocolate and orange blossom, peanut chip, and hazelnut & rose and there’s plenty of other amazing vegan options out there too. Check out Ocado’s full Vegan range here.

Are you doing Veganuary? Or ditching the meat and dairy for longer? Are you flexitarian? We’d love to hear your stories.

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