More of us are looking to be more ethical when it comes to what we put on our plates. So, what would environmentalists eat? Is going vegan the only option?
Truth is, what you eat has effects beyond the desired improvement of your waistline. Humanity is not on track to prevent catastrophic global warming and irreversible environmental damage. And with the global population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050; what we eat has growing implications for topsoil, pollution, greenhouse gasses and deforestation.
So, totally vegan then? Not necessarily. The answer is really simple. Eat as many vegetables as possible. Food writer Michael Pollan beautifully condensed this advice into 8 words: “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.”
We’re all aware that cutting down on meat and dairy consumption is key, but according to nutritional guidelines an environmentally sustainable solution will be to minimize the damage that we do and try to maximize any positive opportunities for change. Individual choices matter, irrespective of how small they might seem.
For a diet to be considered sustainable, food should be produced in a way that protects the environment and has a low impact on biodiversity, ecosystems and natural resources. A sustainable diet should also be nutritionally adequate, safe, healthy and economically affordable.
What you choose to eat affects the ocean, the atmosphere and the land just as much as your personal health.
Isn’t it time we all live a little greener … a little kinder?
Source: totaste.com, everydayhealth.com, hsph.harvard.edu, womanshealthmag.com, wwf.org.uk, ethical.net. health.usnews.com, thegruardian.com
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