Plant-Based Eating 101: Lower Your Carbon Footprint

“Any food that requires enhancing by the use of chemical substances

should in no way be considered a food.” –John H. Tobe


Another incredible benefit of following a whole-foods, plant-based diet (WFPB) is the positive impact it has on the environment!


Living sustainably means different things to different folks. Ultimately, sustainability is about living within our means, and if possible, leaving the planet in better shape for future generations. The changes we make today can affect not only the quality and length of our lives but our planet as well.


The term ‘carbon footprint’ isn’t new, but few understand its meaning. ‘Footprint’ describes the total impact of ‘carbon,’ which refers to greenhouse gases.


According to the Worldwatch Institute, livestock production is responsible for as much as 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions! As more people adopt a plant-based diet, the U.S. can meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. Consuming less meat lowers the demand for animal products and reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and land needed for livestock production.


Additionally, the livestock industry guzzles gallons of our dwindling supply of fresh water. You’ll never guess how much water is needed to produce just one pound of beef: 1,799 gallons! Shocking, right? A single hamburger requires 660 gallons of water. To put that in perspective, the average shower uses approximately 17 gallons of water. One hundred times more water is needed to produce a pound of animal protein than a pound of grain protein.


Once you have the facts, it’s hard to dismiss the environmental benefits of changing to a WFPB diet.



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