Communicating the environmental impact of plant based recipes

Elina Mark, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Plant-based diets are becoming popular across Europe but are not yet mainstream. If we are to shift diets across Europe, the recipes on offer must be appealing to consumers, and there must be evidence that dietary changes will make a difference. This research produces a tool that calculates the calories, the ​biodiversity​, economic, and climate benefits of plant-based recipes​. This will increase food-climate awareness in consumers, offering them a means to ​investigate tradeoffs and ​integrate sustainable healthy food into different European food cultures​. Our targeted outputs will inform consumers, food professionals and policy makers. Outputs include:

  • Functional environmental NLP tool​ for recipe analysis
  • Database of the GHGE, cost, biodiversity, water, land use European plant-based recipes (EUPBR)
  • Academic publication: ​analysis​ of the sustainability of EUPBR
  • Consumer/chef guidance on how to adapt EUPBR to be more sustainable (workshop output)
  • Summary of findings ​for policy makers/nutrition professionals (report/webinar)

Funded by: Alpro Foundation

Duration: January – December 2021