United Nations Report Highlights Potential of Meat Alternatives for Environmental Sustainability

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report investigating the potential of plant-based, cultivated, and fermented meat alternatives to mitigate the environmental impact of conventional animal foods. The report acknowledges varying forecasts for the growth of the alternative meat market, emphasizing the need for technological advances to compete with traditional products. Despite challenges, the study identifies reduced environmental impact, public health benefits, and ethical considerations as advantages. UNEP recommends government support through funding, streamlined regulations, and reallocating subsidies to accelerate the shift towards healthier, more sustainable, and animal-friendly food systems. Several countries, including Brazil, China, and the European Union, have already invested in meat alternatives.