Plant-Rich Diet

Plant-Rich Diet

Did you know that eating a more plant-rich diet is the most effective change an individual can make to help minimize climate change? Research (as reported in The Lancet) has concluded that eating more plants would help:

  • Reduce the impacts of climate change. Researchers found that food production is responsible for up to 30 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, with animal products accounting for the vast majority—about three-quarters—of these effects. The report states that projections for the future show that “vegan and vegetarian diets were associated with the greatest reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions.”
  • Save water. Agriculture accounts for about 70 percent of freshwater use, making it “the world’s largest water-consuming sector.” Meat and dairy products lead the way in guzzling up large quantities of water. Producing just a pound of beef requires 1,800 gallons of water.
  • Alleviate hunger. The report found that more than 820 million people around the world lack sufficient food. It also noted that “almost two thirds of all soybeans, maize, barley, and about a third of all grains are used as feed for animals.”

The How-to’s, Challenges, and Objections to Plant-Based Diets — Frequently Asked Questions

In this document, we have assembled many of the most frequently asked questions related to plant-based diets.  Many of the answers are adapted from the resources cited at the end of the document. Please check out these informative resources and the links embedded in the answers for more details.

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Why Eat a Plant-Based Diet?

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Information and Links

Video

In this video, The incomparable Jane Goodall describes the links between human behavior, climate crisis and plant-rich diets.
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Contact: Chris Crandell