Switching to a plant-based diet could also have economic benefits. Plant-based foods are generally cheaper than animal products. Producing plant-based food also harbours new economic opportunities within production and distribution. There are many reasons why a plant-based diet is preferable to an omnivorous one. A plant-based diet is more sustainable, healthier, and animal-friendly. It can be more efficient in resource consumption. Switching to a plant-based diet could also bring economic benefits. However, it should be noted that not all plant-based diets are of the same quality. An unhealthy plant-based diet can also be practised. For instance, a high proportion of processed foods with minor nutrient-rich whole foods.
The question of local vs. overseas production is also key. Consumers often lack awareness of the seasonality of local vs. imported produce, preventing them from making informed sustainable choices. Furthermore, a significant amount of the detrimental social and environmental consequences of the UK’s food production are produced abroad. Therefore, a transition to plant-based foods could also reduce the UK’s global environmental impacts.