In January 2020, Quorn Foods announced that they will start including carbon labelling on their food products. The new labels position carbon emissions as a health consideration, listing carbon footprint calculations alongside nutritional information to help users understand the environmental impact associated with different food items. The new labels will be introduced on select products in June 2020 and will be fully rolled out for all products in 2021. According to The Telegraph, Nestle is considering introducing something similar for their food product labels.
Bon Apetit’s Healthyish published a climate eating guide in January 2020 with suggestions for small changes readers can make to their eating habits to have a positive impact on the environment. Called The Healthyish guide to eating for the planet without stressing out, the feature offers pointers for composting or going plant based for one meal of the day. “Eating for the climate is something that’s very popular right now,” Aliza Abarbanel, assistant editor at Healthyish, tells Wunderman Thompson Intelligence. “A lot of us are conscious of all the climate disasters that are happening right now, and our individual and collective carbon footprints,” Abarbanel notes, and eating habits offers a way for consumers to “take action in their own lives.”
In August 2019, BBC released a climate change food calculator that measures the carbon footprint of users’ diets to helps them understand how their food choices impact the environment. “What we eat is one of the most powerful drivers behind most of the world’s major environmental issues, whether it’s climate change or biodiversity loss,” researcher Joseph Poore, who contributed to the food calculator, told BBC News.