Plant-Based Diet for Sustainability
The Case For Plant Based
Dana Hunnes PhD, MPH, RD
UCLA Sustainability Research
Eating a plant-based diet is not just good for our health; it is good for Earth’s health. In fact, “Shifting away from animal-based foods [could not only] add up to 49% to the global food supply without expanding croplands;” but would also significantly reduce carbon emissions and waste byproducts that end up in our oceans and as seafood byproducts (Jalava et al, 2014). If each and every person in the United States gave up meat and dairy products on one or more days of the week; ideally, all days of the week, we would save the environment from thousands of tons of carbon emissions. Continued . . .
Seven ways to approach going vegan
If you rush into any new diet without preparing, you will probably find it quite hard. So take veganism a step at a time. Many vegans consider dairy the cruellest of food industries, so you could start by cutting out milk and cheese, then eliminate meat, then eggs. Or go vegan just two days a week, to begin with. It is better to ease into veganism over a month or two and then stick with it, than to dive in too fast and wonder why it didn’t work for you. Continued . . .