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Why the government should encourage veganism

It's just not the planet that desperately needs our help—our bodies will feel better, too. It's time for the state to provide the nudge

By Ray Monk   April 2018

“Our current food system, and its future trajectory, is simply not sustainable, and we need to fundamentally change the way we produce food if we are to feed 9-10bn people in 2050 without wrecking the planet irreversibly.”

Those words were written by Pete Smith, Professor of Soils and Global Change at the University of Aberdeen, but they could have been written by any of the hundreds of people who have been researching the sustainability of our food habits during the last 20 years. Among environmentalists, food scientists, economists and others, a…

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