The Dutch government aims to reduce meat consumption over the next decade as part of the Netherlands’ climate change targets; but a new study shows that up to seventy percent of Dutch people want their government to do even more to promote plant-based food.
Plant-based food advocacy group ProVeg Netherlands commissioned the poll at the end of 2020, and Amsterdam-based voter research bureau Kieskompas carried out the study itself. It included 8,575 participants, the vast majority of which supported increasingly ambitious and directive action by the Dutch government in reducing the production and consumption of meat and dairy.
“This research shows convincingly that not only are Dutch people open to reducing their meat consumption individually, but they want their government to lead on it,”说ProVeg president and CEO Sebastian Joy in a statement sent to LIVEKINDLY.
Overall, 63 percent of the Dutch public are in favor of ProVeg’s 50-by-40 target, which aims for a 50 percent reduction in animal consumption worldwide by 2040.
The European plant-based food sector, in general, grew by 49 percent in the last two years alone, andthe Netherlands报告称，素食需求增加，动物蛋白销量下降。2017年至2021年间，荷兰超市的素食肉类产品总量增长了51%。
“Over the past five years The Netherlands have seen an unparalleled increase in consumer interest in plant based alternatives for meat and dairy,”explained Joy.“With these categories showing double- or even triple-digit growth percentages.”
Seventy-two percent of ProVeg’s respondents believe that people should reduce animal products in favor of vegan and plant-based swaps, and 80 percent also believe that this will help reduce the risk of generatingzoonotic disease outbreaks在COVID-19大流行之后。
荷兰并不是唯一一个建议减少肉类消费以缓解气候变化的国家governmentcouncils around the world are promoting plant-based food as both a sustainable and a healthy choice.
These 10 policy measures to promote plant-based food are all favored by the majority of the Dutch voting population. Notably, they are also favored by a majority of those who typically vote for parties less motivated to reduce meat consumption.
For example, while sitting Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s right-wing VVD party has failed to make any strong commitments to reduced meat consumption, its voters agree with seven out of the 10 policy measures listed below — all but two, four, and 10. This indicates that the desire to swap out animal products crosses political lines amongst voters themselves, regardless of current party policy.
72%的人喜欢。最近的一项研究发表在Science Directshowed that clear labeling on foods significantly encourages consumers to make more sustainable choices. Including those who said they prefer not to know more about the production of their food.
Favored by 60 percent. In addition to its considerable animal welfare criticisms,集约化畜牧业有助于气候变化，生物多样性损失和粮食不安全。它对边缘化的社区产生负面影响，并且可以是包括H1N1或“猪流感”等疾病的重要载体，对荷兰选民特别关注。
52%的人喜欢。研究表明，对肉类征税有助于改善人类健康，包括减少慢性可预防疾病。更高的肉taxwould also better reflect the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, particularly when directly compared with plant-based proteins.
Favored by 75 percent. In 2020, the Dutch House of Representatives received一封信from the cabinet advising an accurate price for meat and more affordable fruit and vegetables. This was based on a proposal from the broad True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP Coalition).
“The coalition has found that too little is paid for meat. This results in negative impact on the climate, deforestation, reduced animal welfare, high healthcare costs and low incomes for farmers,”说Pier Vellinga, chairman of the TAPP Coalition.“公平但略高的肉价大大有助于解决这些问题。”
Overall, meat production has nearly tripled in the last 60 years. According toThe World Counts，到2021年为止，人类已经吃掉了近9000万吨肉类。
Favored by 80 percent. An often-cited reason to try vegan meat is curiosity, and expanding plant-based ranges help introduce these foods to more people. Bothdedicated vegan sections和integrated vegan/animal-based protein sections help encourage flexitarians to try new meat-free options, and enable curious consumers to make direct swaps more easily.
Decrease the availability of animal-based products
每年在全球范围内养殖约700亿只动物，并根据世界养殖的同情，这可能会加倍到2050年。假设同比稳步增长，这将是2030年额外的233亿只动物 - 最终截止日期我们必须有一半的全球排放。