It’s no secret that a meat-heavy diet comes with a large environmental footprint. In fact a UK government report found that people need to eat 30% less meat by the end of the decade if the country is to meet its climate commitments. According to official estimates, we are well on the way to achieving this – the National Diet and Nutrition Survey estimates that British people reduced their meat intake by 17% between 2008 and 2019.

This would appear to be strong progress. But Kerry Smith and Emma Garnett suggest that these results should be viewed with caution. By comparing this data with other research they have found discrepancies that suggest we may still be consuming far too much meat. This could have profound environmental consequences.

While cutting down on meat has environmental benefits, it is also healthier. By sustaining its commitment to its anti-obesity strategy, the UK government could solidify its position as a global leader on healthy eating.

Meanwhile, the first cohort of students in England to take the new T-level qualifications have received their results. But whether they offer a genuinely equivalent alternative to A-levels remains to be seen.

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Contrary to official estimates, Britons may still be consuming too much meat. ALPA PROD/Shutterstock

Eating lots of meat is bad for the environment – but we don’t know enough about how consumption is changing

Kerry Smith, University of Reading; Emma Garnett, University of Oxford

Official estimates indicate that meat consumption is falling in the UK – but not all of the data agrees.

Consumers need more help to make healthy food choices. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Anti-obesity strategy could be world leading – let’s not lose momentum

Christina Vogel, University of Southampton; Preeti Dhuria, University of Southampton; Sarah Muir, University of Southampton

Legislation that restricts how shops promote unhealthy food came into force in England on October 1. It’s a good start, but more is needed.

Girls in technology class. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

T-Levels: more vocational courses roll out – but post-16 choices in England are still limited

Elizabeth Gregory, University of Manchester; Hannah Ruth McCarthy, University of Manchester

The first cycle of T-levels has caused some confusion.

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