Ask the Minister of Health to prioritise climate-friendly food choices in the dietary guidelines

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The more Kiwis who sit down to enjoy climate-friendly meals, the better the health outcomes not only for our environment but for our population. It is time that New Zealand’s dietary guidelines were updated to reflect the wide-reaching benefits of increasing plant-based meals.


The Ministry for Health has a responsibility to provide Kiwis with up-to-date nutritional guidelines that prioritise the foods that benefit the health of individuals and the climate.


“Fortunately, foods that are health-promoting tend also to be those that are climate friendly. Conversely, certain foods that carry known health risks are particularly climate-polluting. Red and processed meat intake, for instance, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and certain cancers.”

Dr Alex Macmillan, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health, University of Otago 


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Ask the Minister of Health to include climate-friendly food choices in the dietary guidelines

Write a polite email to the Minister of Health, Chris Hipkins to inform him you’d like to see healthy and climate-friendly changes be made to New Zealand’s dietary guidelines.


Key points you can make:

  • Animal farming is responsible for the majority of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. Prioritising whole plant foods in our dietary guidelines is prioritising the foods that are less climate-polluting.
  • Every 90 minutes, a Kiwi dies from heart disease. Our country has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world and diabetes affects hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders.
  • Plants are rich in fibre, they contain little to no dietary cholesterol and have minimal saturated fats, so encouraging Kiwis to eat nutrient-dense foods would confer health gains and health care system cost savings.
  • Updating our dietary guidelines to prioritise whole plant-based foods is an opportunity for New Zealand to take effective action to mitigate climate change and improve the health of our population.
  • It is the responsibility of the Ministry for Health to provide New Zealanders with up-to-date nutritional information that highlights which foods will benefit their health.


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Request climate-friendly food choices in the dietary guidelines

Ask the Minister of Health to include climate-friendly food choices in the dietary guidelines
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