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Hi, I’m Mary — welcome to my blog and website!

I am a plant-based nutrition advocate and educator, Registered Nurse, and Licensed Massage Therapist, living in the beautiful state of Maine!

Can Eating Animal Products Impact Climate Change?

Can Eating Animal Products Impact Climate Change?

Can Eating Animal Products Impact Climate Change?

I’m sure we can all agree that we have mutual concern about the climate change that is occurring. Much of the focus is being placed toward the less impactful issues when we should be focusing on how what we are eating is doing to our environment. Animal agriculture creates more greenhouse gasses and has a larger carbon footprint than the ENTIRE transportation industry combined (cars, airplanes, busses, etc.). This is due, not only to the methane gas and waste that the animals produce, but also the amount land that has to be used and cleared - think devastation of the Amazon rain forest which is occurring daily due to this. Additionally, the water that is used to grow the crops to feed the animals, and the fertilizer and pesticide run off that is used on the grain and soy crops that, in large part, end up in our water ways which is impacting marine life and the health of our rivers, oceans, lakes, and streams.

Here are some sobering statistics:

-It takes 1200 gallons of water to produce only ONE POUND of beef. Contrast this with the 12,000 gallons of water required for a family of four for an entire year on a predominantly plant-based diet.
-The grain required to create just one quarter pound of beef patty would be enough grain to feed three people for an entire day. By feeding livestock grain, we waste an estimated 96% of the grain’s calories and 100% of its fiber that could be used to feed our people.
-The earth’s surface is covered by approximately 8 billion acres of usable land—the equivalent of about 6 billion football fields (approximately 1.3 acres per one football field). There are currently over 7 billion people on the face of our planet, predicted to hit the 9-10 billion mark by 2050. In order to produce the Standard American Diet (SAD), it is estimated that the equivalent of 2 football fields are required per person per year—with much being allocated to grow the crops to feed the animals (for consumption). If all 7 billion people here on earth were consuming the SAD, we would need at least two planet Earths to feed us all. Clearly this is not sustainable!
-On just one football field of usable land, it is estimated that enough food could be produced to feed 7 people for an entire year when they are consuming a predominantly plant-based diet.
-If everyone in the world consumed a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, we would have the equivalent of nearly 5 billion football fields worth of usable land that could be:
-returned to forested land to regenerate the lungs of the planet
-utilized to expand food production to meet the needs of a growing world population.

-A typical current western diet requires over 10 times as much land, over 10 times as much water, and over 10 times as much energy to produce compared to a whole food, plant-based diet.

I really like this Eat-Lancet video which is a quick, two minute summary of the climate and health impact the standard American diet. For more information on the great things the Eat-Lancet commission is doing, go to:
https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/

The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brought together 37 world-leading scientists from across the globe to answer this question: Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries? The answer is yes, but we it will be impossible without transforming eating habits, improving food production and reducing food waste.

An excellent full-length documentary on this topic is Cowspiracy. I highly recommend you check it out for more eye-opening information about this topic and how activists are being censored, quieted, and even murdered, in trying to disseminate this information to protect our environment. Here is a link to the documentary: https://www.cowspiracy.com/

In closing, I truly believe that we all desire a more compassionate world and way of being.  Eating animals is no longer necessary for survival nor is it good for our health or the environment.  By making the choice to eat (more) plants, it creates compassion:
FOR OURSELVES, OTHERS, AND OUR HEALTH
FOR THE EARTH AND ENVIRONMENT
FOR ANIMALS

I hope you will consider the impact you are having. Together, we can all make a difference, one person, one food choice at a time.

As always, I welcome comments, thoughts and questions.

In good health,
Mary

References:
https://plantricianproject.org/food-math-101
Book - Diet for a New America, John Robbins.
https://hpjmh.com/
Book - Mad Cowboy, Howard Lyman and David Pimentel.
Book - Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappe
http://www.fao.org/home/en/
https://www.census.gov/


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Even Heart Disease Can Be Reversed Through Plant-Based Nutrition!

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