As an individual, your choices matter. How you fuel your body has an impact on your health and the carbon footprint you leave behind. When you choose to eat delicious healthy plant-based foods, you are making a conscious decision to not only improve your health, but to also choose a lifestyle that is healthy for the environment that we all live in.
Your health: Medical and nutrition experts agree that a plant-based diet is good for your health. From reducing your risk of certain cancers to lowering high blood pressure, eating a plant-based diet can have an incredibly positive impact and can even reverse the effects of heart disease. (Source: NutritionFacts)
Learn more about the nutritional benefits of a plant-based diet here.
Your carbon footprint: Reducing your water use, your driving time, or your in-home energy usage are all fine ways to lessen your carbon footprint, but the positive impact of a plant-based diet is almost incomparable. For example, removing just 1 pound of beef from your diet saves more CO2 from being emitted than shaving 10 miles off of your commute to work.
In one year, those who choose a plant-based diet over a standard American diet will save:
- 401,500 gallons of water
- 14,600 lbs of grain
- 7,300 lbs of CO2
Be a friend to yourself and your environment by indulging in delicious vegan foods.
Vegan foods come in many forms – from a healthy kale salad, to a low-cost bowl of oatmeal, to an indulgent hot fudge sundae. Here, Jenné Claiborne from Sweet Potato Soul makes her recipe for mouth-watering Fried Cauliflower “Chicken.”
Our carbon footprint is important in our effort to collectively work against climate change and there is no better way to reduce your CO2 emissions than reducing your meat consumption.
Photo by Scientific Animations, Girish Khera
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