Meat Industry Brexit Impact Report

British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association
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Nudges to change our diet shouldn’t harm our health

The government Nudge Unit’s deleted report explores a whole range of measures to ‘nudge’ people into changing their behaviour. It also has some strong caveats, warning of the unintended consequences of well intentioned policies that ‘back fire’.

We agree with the ‘less but better’ message and would apply it to both animal and plant-based foods. However, if political or social engineering drives people to make cheaper, more convenient but less healthy food choices; and if the ‘nudges’ steer them away from natural, nutritious whole foods towards unhealthy, highly processed substitutes, then a decline in public health will be one of those unintended consequences.

First and foremost, any policy decisions and ‘nudges’ should ensure it results in equitable access to foods that provide quality nutrition, particularly to those on lower incomes.

Decisions should also be made using scientifically robust metrics that accurately distinguish between different farming systems. British beef and lamb is produced using a predominantly grass fed system which has a much lower environmental footprint than meat produced elsewhere in the world.

As the Nudge Unit’s report says: “an unsophisticated meat tax would be highly regressive. Moreover, narratives must avoid alienation of mainstream dietary choices, or demonisation of the livestock sector, which will ultimately be the solution rather than the problem”. We would agree.

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The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is the leading trade association for the meat and meat products industry in the UK.

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The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has written to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) requesting that it removes a reference to the ‘Global Burden of Disease’ (GBD) study from its five year strategy.

#meatindustry https://meatmanagement.com/bmpa-requests-fsa-remove-anti-meat-study-from-five-year-plan/

We've asked watchdog @foodgov to remove a reference to a flawed non-peer reviewed study from their new 5 year strategy.
It makes inaccurate claims about meat which have been challenged by academics and doctors, forcing the authors to revise their paper.
👉 https://bit.ly/3FX5PYI

The last 5 pages of this report explain the cool-headed, practical ways that UK & EU can continue to negotiate changes to the Brexit trade deal without having to blow the whole thing up.
There's a scheduled review of the terms in 2025 which everyone should be preparing for now.