A recent study by health economist Lieven Annemans, has shown major cost-savings if 10% of the total population prioritised plant-based foods in their diet. In the UK this is estimated at £5.21 billion and in Belgium €1.3 billion over a 20 year period. The study also looked at the impact of plant-based diets high in soya and found even bigger economic benefits. If 10% of the population consumed a high soya containing diet, the corresponding estimated savings would be £7.54 billion and €1.53 billion for the United Kingdom and Belgium, respectively.
Following a more plant-based food pattern was found to increase the ‘quality adjusted life years’ (QALYs), thus resulting in personal health benefits reducing societal costs.
Schepers J, Annemans L. The potential health and economic impact of plant-based food patterns in Belgium and the United Kingdom. Nutrition 2018;48:24-32.