🌱💪🏼 As a medical doctor Garth Davis sees first hand the devastating effects meat and dairy have on our health and advocates a whole food plant-based diet. But a plant-based diet isn't only the best diet for our health.
We know a plant based diet is the only diet ever proven to prevent and reverse heart disease [Ornish/Esselstyn], the number one killer in the Western World, causing an average of one death every 40 seconds in the US alone [American Heart Association data], as well as vastly reducing our risk for diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
But it's also the best diet for the environment - Studies indicate that a varied vegan diet requires about a third of the land needed for conventional Western diets [UN FAO]. And a recent UN report stated "A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change."
"As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable." said the report from the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.
Emissions from the production of beef and lamb are 250 times higher than those from legumes, per gram of protein, and pork and poultry are 40 times higher than legumes. A large amount of methane and nitrous oxide, gases that are more than 20 times and 250 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, are generated through livestock-raising activities. [UN FAO]
And it's a lifestyle that seeks to minimise the impact on the fellow Earthlings we share the planet with as much as is possible and practicable - i.e. avoiding eating them.
If we could be lead healthier lives without causing unnecessary suffering to other animals, then why wouldn't we? It's pretty simple - and more and more people are catching on - veganism is rapidly growing around the world .
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