I’ll just quickly summarize the key reasons to think about changing to a whole food plant based diet.
A study published in April by the US National Academy of Sciences, concluded, “7.3 million deaths could be avoided annually” by following a whole foods diet.
In 2015, after careful review of more than 800 medical studies, the World Health Organization concluded that processed meat causes cancer and that red meat probably does, as well.
A plant based whole food diet is the only currently sustainable method for deriving our food. All of the science supports this conclusion.
“Transitioning toward more plant-based diets that are in line with standard dietary guidelines could reduce global mortality by 6–10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29–70% compared with a reference scenario in 2050.”
In other words, the benefits are not just the traditional argument about eating better but also encompass the fact that raising beef and other animals for food consumes a significant portion of our natural resources and contributes to our greenhouse gas problems.
This study extends to looking at how we raise our food and the serious environmental impact. But most of us don’t really know how our food is raised and if we did we might have serious reservations about continuing the way things are going.
At this point we’ve taken to feeding our farm animals with GMO-grains, shooting them with antibiotics to prevent the inevitable health problems, and placed them in environments that can’t possible result in healthy animals or edible beef.
Meanwhile the advertising industry is busy “spinning” everything to make it sound better – remember “corn-fed beef”? It took 20 years or more for us to realize that cows don’t eat corn – ever.
Now in our current feed-lot environs, a hamburger takes 660 gallons of what to produce. That equivalent to two months of showers. The amount of green gas and waste produced is unsustainable. That basically means we’re produced more waste in one of these feedlots than is produced in a small city and more green gas than we can absorb in the next 10-20 years.
Basically all of the experts say if we keep raising beef and poultry the way we do, we’ll run out of options. We currently consume 209 pounds of beef per person each year.
This first video starts a little rough because of translation issues but it actually contains a good presentation on COWSpiracy the video which is a very important documentary.
This next video is an eye opener with facts that will “rock” your world. Very thought provoking.