NewĀ research out of the University ofĀ OtagoĀ hasĀ revealedĀ thatĀ increasingĀ theĀ uptakeĀ of plant-based diets in New Zealand couldĀ haveĀ a significant impact onĀ reducingĀ greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously improving populationĀ health.Ā TheĀ resultsĀ showedĀ thatĀ a population-level dietary shift couldĀ offerĀ diet-related emissions savings ofĀ betweenĀ 4 to 42Ā percentĀ annually, along withĀ healthĀ gains ofĀ betweenĀ 1.0 to 1.5 million quality-adjusted life-years. This would also helpĀ save theĀ healthĀ systemĀ between $14 and $20 billion. Sam Denne spoke with one of the studies researchers Jono Drew.Ā 

Jono Drew is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Otago. Drew’sĀ thesis is set to inform brand new population-level guidelines on the topic of sustainable eating among NZ adults.



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