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Why a Plant-Based Diet is Good for the Environment

Why a Plant-Based Diet is Good for the Environment

A plant-based diet serves as a great way to improve your immune system, maximize your digestive health, and decrease your risk of many diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. In addition, consuming more plants, offers a higher intake of antioxidants, a boost in nutrient intake, and a great source of fibre.   Aside from the increased health benefits however, a plant-based diet is also very good for the environment and has many advantages:

Food Harvest Uses Less Energy

If the vegan prepared food you are opting for consists mainly of whole, naturally selected food, this means that many of the items you consume remain in a very minimally processed state. The plants are harvested and sent to the market or the grocery store, and the only energy that needs to be expended to get them from the farm to your table is that of harvesting and transport.  Contrast this to animal product consumption, where nearly all animal products have a second processing step between harvesting and eating.  For example, meat starts on the animal, which then needs to be killed, the meat needs to be butchered and prepared, and then, it can be transported to where it is sold for human use. 

Food Production is More Eco-Friendly

Not only is there more energy used in harvest but getting the food to where it can be harvested is also more energetically demanding.  Plants eat plant food, nutrients from the soil, energy from the sun, and nourishment from the rain, and in most cases, are self-sustainable.  When you eat these plants in return, this means you are simply consuming these natural ingredients and aren’t being exposed to any undesirable chemicals or hormones.  Animals in contrast however, need to be fed in order to produce food.  The food they consume needs to be produced and harvested itself (it’s the plants!) and is very plausibly a source of unwanted chemicals or pesticides. For example, cows consume corn, and this corn typically contains glyphosate, which then ultimately ends up being consumed in the meat.

Food Waste is Compostable

When it comes to eating a plant-based diet, if you are following a healthy, whole foods protocol, most of the waste that you have is simply parts of plants – peels, stems, stalks, and seeds.  And all of this waste goes back to the environment.  Many people who follow a plant-based diet simultaneously maintain a compost pile at their home, where they allow the compost to accumulate and then apply it to their own garden, or it simply biodegrades into the earth. Alternatively, many towns and cities are now offering compost services with their public garbage pick-up, and this is an incredibly environmentally friendly way to reduce waste and help support further plant growth at the same time.

 

If you are looking to make a shift to your own health, as well as to improve the health and wellbeing of the environment, consider adopting a plant based diet.  To get you started, reach out to us at Savor Living to learn how a meal subscription service may be right for you.

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