Sustainability

Eat more plants

The University of Edinburgh has signed the Peas Please pledge to encourage students and staff to eat one extra portion of veg a day.

Why should we all eat more veg?

Government dietary guidance suggests we should be eating seven portions of fruit and veg a day, yet a recent report by the Food Foundation revealed that 80% of adults and 95.5% of children 11-16 years are not eating enough.

To decrease the risk of diet related diseases, we need to be eating, on average, one more portion of veg per day.

It’s not just our health that will benefit but the environment and farmers can potentially benefit from more veg too.

Research by the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine showed that if we all eat an extra portion of veg and a little less meat we would reduce the UK’s diet-related greenhouse gas emissions by 17%.

Simon Kenton-LakePolicy & Project Officer, Nourish Scotland

What is Peas Please?

A trail-blazing initiative focused specifically on veg, Peas Please aims to bring together farmers, retailers, fast food and restaurant chains, caterers, processors and government departments with a common goal of making it easier for everyone to eat veg.

Peas Please [external]

Our three commitments

Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE) has made the following commitments:

Read the original Peas Please news article

Blog posts and resources

Posts on our blog, The Seed

Posts on the Geosciences blog

Get inspired by these colourful recipes from the creators of the Planetary Health Diet [external]

Watch Bite Back Better – plant-based cook-along video