Nutcrackers at the ready for National Nut Day

The UK is being urged to go nuts for the environment on Monday October 22 to celebrate National Nut Day.

Nutcrackers at the ready for National Nut Day

The date is well-established as National Nut Day in the USA and the organisers want Britain to ‘go nuts’ in the same way. National Nut Day in the UK is promoted by Liberation Foods, the Fairtrade nut company co-owned by farming groups in some of the world’s poorer countries.

This year’s focus is on switching to nuts to help the environment. “One of the keys to sustaining our planet is for those of us in the richer half of the world, to switch some meat consumption to relatively unprocessed plant-based products such as nuts,” says agri-environmental scientist Dr Murphy-Bokern.

“For every calorie consumed, the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of the meat and dairy component of our diets is nearly four times that of plant-based components.”

National Nut Day is supported by The Vegetarian Society, The Vegan Society, Sustain – the alliance for better food and farming and the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Celebrity supporters include chef, broadcaster and food writer Allegra McEvedy, foodie and home expert Aggie MacKenzie and comedian (and peanut devotee) Harry Hill.

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