A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition finds that plant-based diets are better for the environment than meat-heavy ones. According to the Hindustan Times, the study is the first to investigate the environmental impacts of both dietary patterns and farm production systems. It is also the first to study the impact of organic food consumption using data from observed diets rather than models.
Because of the high energy requirements and greenhouse gas emissions of factory farming, many organisations, including the United Nations, are urging people to adopt more environmentally friendly diets.
Louise Seconda from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Unit told the Hindustan Times:
Combining consumption and farm production data we found that across the board, diet-related environmental impacts were reduced with a plant-based diet—particularly greenhouse gas emissions. The consumption of organic food added even more environmental benefits for a plant-based diet.
Need more proof that factory farming is horrible for the planet?
According to a recent Forbes article, more than 71 percent of Indians over age 15 eat meat, and this has substantial global consequences.
Animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. Meat production uses significantly more resources than plant-based food. For example, 1 kg of mutton requires 8,000 litres of water to produce, and 1 kg of chicken requires 4,000 litres. Additionally, chicken production generates 25 times more CO2 than grain production per calorie. Insane, right?!
Animal agriculture consumes so many resources that it’s responsible for nearly 91 percent of Amazon rainforest destruction, according to a World Bank study. Raising animals for food uses more than one-third of the planet’s landmass; produces more greenhouse gas than all cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined; and has created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the globe.
By choosing a vegan diet, you help the environment by cutting your carbon footprint in half. And going vegan is not only better for the environment; it spares countless animals a lifetime of suffering.
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