The future of our planet does not look too bright, and if we don’t make some changes, next generations might not have a healthy planet to inhabit. While there are many small changes that can make an impact, scientists recently explained that a “planetary health diet” might be the solution we need.
A team that composed out of 27 scientists explained how changing our eating habits could reduce environment destructions. It appears that reducing meat and dairy are the most important steps. “If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million”.
Saving ourselves and the planet
The good news is that this diet also aims to improve our health. “Eating the best balance of calories from a mix of mostly plant proteins, mostly unsaturated fats, and from carbohydrates found in whole grains, fruits, and starchy vegetables along with a variety of non-starchy vegetables is the standard recommendation for the general population,” explained Margaret Mangan, RD, of University of North Carolina REX Healthcare.
This diet drastically reduces the amount of sugar and animal protein consumed and it is based mostly on fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts. “It’s widely known that the energy needed to produce the equivalent amount of calories from meat is higher and creates a greater carbon footprint—certainly at the industrial meat production level. Plant-based meal plans have the potential to meet one’s needs at a lower environmental and economic cost,” added Mangan.
More than that, this diet allows you to eat even more. And while this diet is mostly plant-based, this doesn’t mean that small quantities of meat and dairy cannot be included. In order to turn this diet into a reality, consumption of meat and sugar will have to go down by 50%, while fruit, vegetable and nuts consumption will have to double.