Report: Germans could be told to cut meat intake to 2.5 ounces per week

Germany could soon take another aggressive step towards its net-zero climate goal.

Published: June 6, 2023 11:37am

Germany is facing a potential severe crackdown on meat consumption as the government-funded German Nutrition Society (DGE) is planning to recommend residents cut 90% of their daily meat intake from their diet to combat climate change, according to a report from German news site Bild.

The report, which was flagged by Climate Depot founder Marc Morano, showed that Germans consume an average of 764 grams (1.68 lbs) of meat per week. But under a current “food strategy” draft recommendation, the DGE is reportedly proposing that number to be reduced to 10 grams per day or 70 grams per week which is only about 2.5 ounces  after Germany's Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture estimated that doing so would help the country reach its climate goal to be carbon neutral by 2045.

The German Nutrition Society is “responsible for developing dietary guidelines” for Germany and is “endorsed by the Ministries of Health and Agriculture," according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),

The nutrition society told Bild it’s currently “revising” its recommendation methods and that the final guidance is not yet finalized.

A poll on Bild’s website asks viewers if they would comply with the guidance. Of the more than 60,400 respondents at the time of this writing, 79% answered “no.”

Just The News reached out to the German Nutrition Society for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.

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