German Government updates dietary guidelines to include more plants

Yvonne O'Halloran

The German Society for Nutrition has updated its guidelines to now recommend the German population halve their meat consumption, limit their dairy intake and for 75% of the diet to be made up of plants for good health and environmental sustainability.

The document highlights how the Germans consume far too much meat than is nutritionally recommended and the need for healthy, sustainable food at schools, nursing homes and hospitals along with the general public.

According to agriculture minister Cem Özdemir, the aim of the strategy is “not to tell people what to eat,” but to ensure everyone in Germany can “eat well and healthily – regardless of income, education or background.” The paper singled out the following priorities including:

  1. Creating a health-promoting and sustainable nutrition environment, which would enable consumers to eat a “healthy, more plant-based and sustainable diet,” and increase the share of organically, regionally and seasonally produced food.
  2. Additionally, it highlights promoting resource and climate-friendly approaches, which would involve expanding organic farming in Germany to 30 percent by 2030.
  3. Furthermore, the paper promotes regional markets and halving food waste along the entire supply chain
  4. Finally, it promotes healthy and sustainable eating patterns, with a special focus placed on vulnerable consumer groups.

The vegan population in Germany seems to be higher than average with most recent estimates putting it at approximately 3.2% of the population (or 2.6 million Germans). Though some organisations argue there’s still much to do in order for this strategy to work, it is certainly a step in the right direction.

 

          New German Dietary Guidelines

 

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