New research out of the University of Otago has revealed that increasing the uptake of plant-based diets in New Zealand could have a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously improving population health. The results showed that a population-level dietary shift could offer diet-related emissions savings of between 4 to 42 percent annually, along with health gains of between 1.0 to 1.5 million quality-adjusted life-years. This would also help save the health system between $14 and $20 billion. Sam Denne spoke with one of the studies researchers Jono Drew.
Jono Drew is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Otago. Drew’s thesis is set to inform brand new population-level guidelines on the topic of sustainable eating among NZ adults.