Eating plants over meat just makes too much sense. Plant production uses less land, water and fossil fuels. It produces much less CO2. It is just more efficient – it is win win: more nutrition can be gained whilst using less natural resources to get it.
Who says so?
Well the World Health Organisation, WHO in a joint report with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
They found that:
“Although two-thirds of the world’s population depends on cereal or tuber-based diets, the other one-third consumes significant amounts of animal food products. The latter group places an undue demand on land, water, and other resources required for intensive food production, which makes the typical Western diet not only undesirable from the standpoint of health but also environmentally unsustainable. If we balance energy intake with the expenditure required for basal metabolism, physical activity, growth, and repair, we will find that the dietary quality required for health is essentially the same across population groups.”
What is unbelievable is that the report was consulted on in 1998 and reported in 2002 – and we still haven’t changed our practices significantly!
Read the whole report here.