Today marks the six-month anniversary of Michael Gove’s appointment as Environment Secretary. In the past, Gove had shown a fairly poor voting record on environmental issues, voting against a ban on “unconventional petroleum exploitation” and alongside that voted against a motion explicitly requiring environmental permits for natural gas fracking operations. The MP also had no previous experience in agricultural or environmental roles, previous roles being Justice and Education secretary, so his promotion sparked outcry from many. Ed Davey, the former Environment secretary, described the appointment as ‘an act of environmental vandalism’, and said it would be ‘like putting a wolf in charge of the chicken coop’.
The looming prospect of Brexit makes for uncertain times in the realm of UK environmental policy, and so in many ways Gove’s tenure takes place at a truly pivotal moment. So, what has he achieved since June?
Using the latest scientific research, many governments provide official guidance on how best to eat in order to stay healthy. In the UK, for example, the recommended daily allowance for a woman aged 19 to 64 years includes 2000 calories, 45g of protein and 78g of fat. Few people know these figures off by heart or how they correspond to the food they actually eat, and fewer still use them as an actual benchmark for their own diet. For most of us, there just isn’t the time. At best, you might look at the traffic-light coded information on food packaging, but if you’re like me you’ll probably still buy your pack of biscuits. Nonetheless, most people still consider following recommended guidelines to be an excellent, if ambitious, way to keep fit and healthy.
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