Is Boris Johnson going plant-based?
Back in 2008, the politician wrote a column for the Telegraph, titled Save the planet by cutting down on meat? That’s just a load of bull.
In response to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recommended that people reduced their meat intake, Johnson wrote: “If they seriously believe that I am going to give up eating meat — in the hope of reducing the temperature of the planet — then they must be totally barmy.”
However, whilst Johnson’s stance on a No Deal Brexit isn’t likely to involve a U-turn, it seems that his approach to veganism might well be doing so.
‘Toying with veganism’
According to The Daily Mail, Johnson, the lifelong ‘rampant carnivore’ has admitted to ‘indulging in late-night ‘binges of chorizo’ that have meant he has rarely weighed under 15st since his university days.’
The report continued by stating that Johnson recently confided in a fellow Tory MP, saying that he is ‘toying with going vegan’. He explained: ‘I’m trying it out.’
It seems that his decision to forgo meat and dairy is due to the influence of Johnson’s 30-year-old girlfriend, environmentalist Carrie Symonds, who has been helping to move him towards a more environmentally-friendly and healthier diet.
‘Plant-based diet crucial’
If the politician continues down the path towards veganism, he provide a great platform for the movement. Moreover, if he does want Britain to leave the EU, a self-sustaining plant-based diet might become more crucial than ever for the UK.
Recent research from Harvard University found that plants may hold the key to a Brexit future. The study showed that if the UK converted land used for raising livestock into forests, the country could offset its CO2 emissions by roughly twelve years.
Additionally, it reported that such a move could also provide ample protein and calories for every person living in the UK. Since the UK currently imports 90 percent of its produce, the switch would improve food security, resulting from the need for fewer imports.