Singaporeans may have beef with greener diet

Many here eat more meat and eggs than new study urges; experts say habits hard to break

On average, each Singaporean ate 2kg of beef, 3kg of mutton and 20kg of pork in 2017, according to the latest Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority figures. This works out to a combined 68.5g a day, nearly five times the 14g which the study published ye
On average, each Singaporean ate 2kg of beef, 3kg of mutton and 20kg of pork in 2017, according to the latest Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority figures. This works out to a combined 68.5g a day, nearly five times the 14g which the study published yesterday in The Lancet recommends as part of a diet to help counter climate change. ST FILE PHOTO
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Singaporeans eat three to five times more meat and eggs than is environmentally sustainable, according to a new study published yesterday in medical journal The Lancet and local data. But experts here believe it will be hard to adjust local diets to be planet-friendly.

According to latest Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority figures, each Singaporean on average ate 2kg of beef, 3kg of mutton and 20kg of pork in 2017. This works out to a combined 68.5g a day, nearly five times the 14g which the study recommends as part of a diet which can help counter climate change.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline Singaporeans may have beef with greener diet. Subscribe