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Title: PLANT BASED DIET FOR A LIVEABLE AND SUSTAINABLE SINGAPORE
Authors: QUEK JOO JOO JERRY
Keywords: 2020-2021
Dean's Office (Environmental Management)
Master's
MASTER OF SCIENCE (ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT)
MEM
Wan Thiam Teik
Issue Date: 13-Aug-2021
Citation: QUEK JOO JOO JERRY (2021-08-13). PLANT BASED DIET FOR A LIVEABLE AND SUSTAINABLE SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Climate changes and the impacts on environment sustainability and liveability had brought about pressing concerns of the younger generation on what it means to Singapore. The Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong spoke on the impacts of climate change to the island country. He also shared that food waste had increased by 30% in the past decade and is set to continue increasing with the growing population of the Nation. A quarter of our arable land in the world for growing crops are used for livestock when it could have been used for feeding the human population. This directly impact Singapore, a country heavily reliant on food import to feed the population. In this work, the author seeks to uncover the contributions of a plant-based diet to Singapore in terms of liveability and sustainability as well as the impacts on economic and food security, especially in times of pandemic. The research methodology includes collection of data through surveys on individuals who are on plant-based diet, regular diet, interviews with food establishments and organisations encouraging plant-based food, and the home experiment of growing of vegetables. Findings showed that majority of the sampled population are prepared to grow vegetables at home to play a part in enhancing food security if there are government supported programmes. Individuals are also willing to adopt plant-based diet mainly for health reasons based on the surveys conducted. Majority of the respondents who are on regular diet agreed that plant-based diet will improve food security. It was discussed and recommended that the introduction of Environmental Education as part of the National curriculum for the young generation who are the key stakeholders to the future of Singapore would be critical in achieving the goal of 30% of self-sufficiency in terms of food source for Singapore by 2030. This research had also uncovered the existence of organisations like WOW Kampung and Green Monday which had been providing education and campaigns on enhancing environment sustainability through the adoption of plant-based food on their own efforts, which is not widely known to the general public. In conclusion, it is essential for Singapore to embark on the journey of enhancing environmental sustainability and liveability through the different approaches discussed in the paper as a Nation. As Singapore is still in the early days of working on environmental sustainability and liveability, the findings in this research is not conclusive. Therefore, it is recommended that another research can be conducted in 2025 to evaluate the effectiveness of the recommended programme implementation, and to close any gaps and address challenges which may have surfaced in the process of the programme implementation.
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