UK: The Science Demands All Restaurants be Forced to Put “Climate Labels” on Menu Items

That food you’re eating? It’s killing the planet. You’re killing the planet.

From the Veganist website Plant Based News:

A new petition is urging the UK government to make climate impact labels mandatory on restaurant menus.

Vegan charity Viva! started the petition last month, just after the UK experienced record-breaking temperatures of more than 40 degrees. The Met Office stated the heatwave was made 10 times more likely due to the climate crisis.

How do they even calculate this?

Now, Viva! wants the government to help consumers understand more about how our diets impact the planet.

The meat industry contributes 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is also a major source of methane, which is more than 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide.

A number of climate experts have warned that a widespread switch to plant-based eating is urgently needed. Dr. Peter Carter, an expert review for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, recently went so far as to say that plant-based lifestyles are “imperative for survival.”

Climate information over caloriesTo educate customers on the impact of their food choices on the planet, Bristol restaurant The Canteen recently started adding climate impact labels to its menus.

Just restaurants ain’t enough, of course

Viva! maintains that every restaurant in the UK should follow suit.

The UK government just passed a law requiring calorie information on menus, but Viva! says that climate information is “significantly more important to the health of the UK and the planet.”

Earlier this year, a study from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg found that people are far more likely to choose “low emissions” options when they can see climate information on the menu.

Yeah, if there’s one thing about people that we can all agree we’ve noticed: they do what they’re told to do.