Give up baked beans, think of fart pollution: UK minister

Apr 12, 2014, 09:34 IST | Agencies

UK minister says Brits should stop eating loads of baked beans as flatulence can affect climate change

London: Britain consumes more baked beans than any other country in the world. Climate change minister Lady Sandip Verma was asked if the UK’s “smelly emissions” could negatively affect the environment. The peer said it was an “important” issue and we should perhaps behave with “moderation”.

Baked beans are extremely popular in the UK, with £340 million worth of the snack being consumed every year. A study last month showed that they were the thing Brits are most likely to take with them when travelling abroad 37% chose the cholesterol-fighting as their top food.

Lady Verma described the question as “different” but answered it nonetheless. She added: “You do actually raise a very important point, which is we do need to moderate our behaviour.” But beans producers Heinz do not seem worried about the warning. Spokesman Nigel Dickie said: “I think Brits, as the number one baked bean lovers in the world, are going to continue to enjoy their beans.”

Annual sum spent on eating baked beans in the UK

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