More than half of Kiwis say they are eating less meat, and a quarter expect to be mostly meat-free by 2025, as they focus on their health and budget according to the results of a new survey.
It seems the days of a nightly meal of meat and two veg may soon be behind us too, with one in five of those surveyed (21%) saying they choose to have a meat-free dinner for more than half of the week.
The Bean Supreme survey which investigated the eating habits of more than 1,000 New Zealanders found that one in four (24%) of those surveyed expect to be mostly meat-free within the next seven years.
Health played a key role in their selection of a vegetarian meal choice with four in 10 (42%) respondents giving this reason, this was followed by cost (28%) and concerns for animal welfare or the environment 14 percent. Only two percent of those surveyed said they did not eat meat due to religious considerations.
Around 14% of Kiwi women and 13% of Kiwi men do not eat red meat, with health a primary driver for males (44% vs 41% of females) and cost more relevant to women (for 30% of women vs 25% of men).
The survey also found that Kiwis were more likely to reduce their meat consumption and instead, opt for vegetarian meals as they aged. According to the results, one in five (21%) 18-24 years olds (compared to half of those aged 65 or older) selected ‘health concerns’ as the main reason for choosing a meat-free meal.
Millennials aged 18-24 were the most common age group to believe they would follow a diet that was mainly meat-free over the coming decade.
When it came to special dietary requirements it was Aucklanders who said they were most likely to follow vegan or vegetarian nutritional plans with those in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions less keen on embracing this trend.
Wellingtonians and Otago/Southland residents were most open to adopting a flexitarian/semi-vegetarian approach to dining – with nine in ten (88%) removing meat from their diets at least once a week.
The survey also revealed that vegetarians and vegans were most frequently found to be aged 25-54, female and live in Auckland or Canterbury.
While more than eight in ten (81%) Kiwis include red meat in their diet, a seventh (14%) excluded red meat with 1% of the population identifying as vegan, 2% as vegetarian and almost one in 10 (9%) saying they ate poultry or fish but not red meat.
Liz O’Meara from Bean Supreme says it was interesting to see that a similar proportion of men and women chose not to eat meat but men were more likely to choose vegetarian meals for health reasons and women more likely to chose vegetarian options for their lower cost.
“Kiwis’ developing interest in a ‘flexitarian’ diet has led to the introduction of more products which fit this lifestyle option.
“According to new industry data, NZ sales of products made from plant based ingredients such as vegetarian burgers, sausages, tofu and falafel increased by over 20% in the last year alone,” she says.
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Two traffic engineers responsible for developing safety technology used by hundreds of Kiwi drivers have been recognised with a major award for their contribution to improving traffic safety and reducing fatalities.
Per Lenhoff, senior manager, and Magdalena Lindman, technical expert in Traffic Safety Data Analysis, who work at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre, one of the most advanced testing facilities in the automotive industry, have been recognised by US based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their contribution to enhanced traffic safety.
Over the years they have worked on developing a range of systems including run-off road occupant protection and both physical and CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) test methods that capture and replicate real-life crashes.
Volvo Cars’ New Zealand general manager Coby Duggan says the safety systems developed by Lenhoff and Lindman have been installed on hundreds of Volvo’s driven on New Zealand roads and says their latest advancements will be launched in NZ later this year in the new XC60 which will have one of the highest levels of standard advanced driver assistance and steering support systems on the market.
“Over the past 90 years, Volvo has been a pioneer of new technology to protect vehicle occupants while driving and now with their advances in autonomous driving technology, we are entering a new generation of safety for all road users.
“With each new model introduced by Volvo we get closer to our goal that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020 – the technology onboard the new XC60 will be the latest step towards this objective,” he says.
Duggan says the company has been collecting data from thousands of real-world accidents since 1970 with the aim of better understanding and addressing real-life safety needs. The Safety Vision and Real-Life Safety are part of Volvo Cars’ sustainability programme – Omtanke.
Almost half of tertiary students examined by a team of optometrists were found to have an undiagnosed vision condition according to new data gathered at Massey University.
More than 70 students were screened by a team of optometrists from Essilor Vision Foundation – a local charity which aims to address undiagnosed vision conditions in schools around NZ.
Optometrist Maile Tarsau from Visique Eye Spy Optometrists who was involved in screening students says 45 percent of those in the study had previously undiagnosed issues with their eyes.
She says the results are particularly concerning as this figure is significantly higher than the 30 percent of low decile, NZ primary school students found to have eyesight issues in other screenings.
“If we compare our data from the Massey examinations to that found in some of the low decile primary schools – there are significantly more tertiary students who had a previously unknown problem with their eyesight.
“We found the students had a range of conditions including one student who didn’t realise he was colour blind which is not uncommon as patients who are born with the condition and have no base for comparison can accept it as completely normal.
“One of the most noticeable differences in the university data was the heavy daily use of digital devices such as mobile phones which was up to 12 hours per day and on average 6.4 hours per day.
“Many of the students presented with symptomatic complaints such as headaches, delayed focus, and eye fatigue – which can be associated with prolonged exposure to the blue light from device screens,” she says.
In follow up treatment, several of the students were fitted with a new type of lens designed to help relieve the symptoms of heavy device use.
Tarsau says more vision screenings are planned at Massey University and other tertiary institutions around the country and the charity is seeking further funding to expand their programme.
An international scientist says New Zealand can solve many of its social problems by encouraging cooperation between government, local charities, and the private sector, and is well positioned to provide a greater role in emergency response and specific health challenges in the Pacific region.
Dr Lisa Bonadonna is in the country to brief NZ CEOs and Government Ministers at Parliament on the benefits of collaboration in solving a range of health, education and social issues.
Dr Bonadonna says there is a body of evidence globally which suggests one sector on its own cannot effectively address these societal challenges, something reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals call for cross sector partnerships.
She says New Zealand corporations can adopt a ‘shared value’ strategy by recognising business opportunities in addressing social problems.
“While traditional philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility efforts emphasise ‘giving back’, the shared value approach focuses business leaders on the competitive and sustainable value of solving social issues.
“In collaboration with governments and NGOs, companies can use their particular expertise and scale to implement real change in society,” she says.
She says the economic benefits for the corporate sector include talent recruitment and retention, opening of new markets, access to new customers, more relevant innovation, as well as brand recognition for their efforts.
Dr Bonadonna, is employed by GSK and leads the global partnership with Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Save the Children with the objective of helping to save the lives of 1 million children with activities in 41 countries – including some in the Pacific Islands.
Dr Bonadonna will deliver a briefing to NZ CEOs and MPs outlining a structure under which cooperation can be effectively facilitated across key sectors in an economy.
“NZ Ministers are interested in the shared value piece, understanding how to engage the private sector in tackling social challenges and how we make it work.”
“I’m going to be speaking about the ways in which corporations can help in the social sector and how globally, businesses are using their resources to help achieve social outcomes.”
Dr Bonadonna says during any natural disaster, conflict or emergency setting it is the children who suffer most.
“One way we help Save the Children is to provide the resource they need to be able to deploy within the first 72 hours – the critical time phase if lives are to be saved.
“By pre-approving emergency response funds in advance, and supporting the establishment of Emergency Health Units, those on the front line are better prepared and have more immediate access to the resources they need to do their job,” she says.
Dr Bonadonna says New Zealand is well equipped to be a leader in this kind of relief effort.
“If you look at New Zealand and its ability to respond to disasters it really is world leading. You know how to tackle emergency challenges and have the reputation, skill and capability in public health as well, which makes for a powerful combination to tackle, in particular, the health challenges in the region.
“I think NZ will play an integral role in how the region develops and responds to emergencies, and in long-term disaster recovery, the services in NZ are exemplary,” she says.
Dr Bonadonna says alongside disaster relief, health & nutrition, training, and education are all key areas where it makes sense for Governments, NGOs and private companies to come together and collectively solve problems in a more sustainable way.
“As a government, NGO or corporation if the moral obligation or heart is there, shared value is all about bringing the mind along, and demonstrating that only through working together can problems be wrestled and positive social change effected,” says Dr Bonadonna.
“New Zealand has a reputation for stepping up. NZ is a powerhouse in a region surrounded by countries in need and you always respond,” she says.