Plant-based nuggets better for the planet

Naked without the cluck plant-based nuggets from Naked Finnebrogue.

According to a new independent report from Oxford University, making a portion of chicken nuggets is as bad for the planet as driving a gas-guzzling car 2km. The new research lays bare the environmental impact of chicken nuggets compared to plant-based nuggets like Naked Without the Cluck.

Traditionally red meat has been in the dock for its harmful effect on the planet, but life cycle assessors at the sustainability consultancy Mondra warned of the risks of their favourite fried goods.

They found that plant-based nuggets use much less water, emit 24 per cent less carbon dioxide and pose 87 per cent less risk to biodiversity. Swapping a portion of chicken nuggets to plant-based nuggets like Naked Without the Cluck, saves the carbon equivalent of driving a kilometre in a family car every week.

If every parent swapped out a weekly portion, the UK would save the same volume of water as if the entire population ditched a shower.

Tom Holden, who led the research, said: “By measuring the environmental impact of food production and communicating this information clearly to consumers, we can give people the tools to make more educated buying choices

“This will be fundamental if we are to build a sustainable food system that doesn’t irreparably damage our planet.”

Professor Joseph Poore, a researcher at Oxford University focusing on Food Sustainability, said a vegan diet was the best way to go green and help the planet.

He added: “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.”

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