We can change the world with our food choices. Here's how:
Animal agricultural which is the raising of animals for food, has grown to become one of the most damaging industries on our planet.
It is crucial that more and more people become aware of why a plan based diet is not only the right choice, but the only choice.
Going greener with your diet can be one of the most powerful and transformative decisions you can ever make in your life. There are three significant reasons why:
1) It has tremendous health benefits.
The number one cause of death in the US is our diet. Our standard american diet (Aka SAD) has put the US at the top of the list for obesity which links to thousands of diseases. Furthermore, the health costs related to meat consumption has skyrocketed to 50 billion EVERY single year. The World Health Organization now places red and processed meat at the same danger level as cigarettes. Yes, cigarettes.
Meat is the new tobacco.
We need to become more critically aware of how meat can be harmful to our health.
Key benefits of a plant - based diet:
- A wide range of nutrients.
- Beneficial fiber found only in plant.
- Antioxidants and vital chemicals that protect the body and support good health.
- Vegeterians have longer life expectancy and substantially lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesisty...etc
2) It is critical to the sustainability of our planet.
It's not only the health of our bodies that's at stake, it's the health of our planet.
Climate change, global warming, deforestation, depletion of our resources, soil erosion, species and habitat loss, ocean dead zones, water and air pollution, world hunger. These are only some of the greatest global issues our world is facing today.
There is one thing that is a major cause to these global problems and that is animal agriculture. Animal agriculture accounts for 51% of green house gas emissions. It's also the number one cause of species and habitat loss. its the main cause of water pollution as it uses half of our water, 70 percent of our grain and 80 percent of agricultural land is used to feed 10 billion land animals that are killed every year for food.
By contrast, you can cut your carbon footprint in half by going vegeterian. With a substantial world wide diet change away from animal products, we can save the world.
3) It will widen your circle of compassion.
The single most powerful action you can take to help save the world is to shift to a plant based diet.
There are 56 billion land animals and 9 billion marine animals that are killed for food every single year. That's 317 animals killed every second. Pause. Repeat that sentence in your head again.
It's not about giving anything up or becoming another person. It's about embracing something that's already inside of you. Each and every one of us has an innate sense of empathy, kindness and compassion. You will not be alone. Plant based eating has been identified as the top global trend of 2016. It is increasing gradually and you can take part in it.