Benefits & Resources
Plant-based diets have been shown to promote human, environmental, and animal health in numerous ways and serve to alleviate many of the ethical considerations surrounding modern food systems. Learn more about the benefits and implications of our food choices by exploring the resources below.
BENEFITS & RESOURCES
Commercial fisheries bring in approximately 160 billion pounds of marine catch around the world each year - or nearly half a billion pounds every day! This overfishing of our oceans has already caused devastating effects.
Agriculture is estimated to be the direct driver for around 80% of deforestation worldwide. Beef production is considered the main driver of forest loss across countries with the highest deforestation rates.
Plant-based diets have been shown to have the lowest Carbon dioxide equivalent production per 2000kcal consumed, having the least environmental impact compared to other diets.
Shifting toward a plant-based diet can reduce the agricultural need for land. According to a study by the University of Oxford, "Moving from current diets to a diet that excludes animal products has transformative potential, reducing food’s land use by 3.1 billion hectares (a 76% reduction)."
Commercial fishing is negatively affecting the biodiversity in our oceans so much that "unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the ocean species together as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood."
According to the FAO, "The livestock sector is growing and intensifying faster than crop production in almost all countries. The associated waste, including manure, has serious implications for water quality."
Water Quality Loss
According to the FAO of the UN, "The livestock sector is one of the top three contributors to the most serious environmental problems, including water-quality degradation, at every scale from local to global."
Plant-based diets have been associated with lowering overall and ischemic heart disease mortality, reducing medication needs, lowering the risk for most chronic diseases, and decreasing the incidence and severity of high-risk conditions.
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