You want to save the planet? Eat more veggies
If you want to contribute in saving the planet from environment degradation, eat more plant-based food. That couldn’t be more straightforward.
Last week, local officials in the Philippines were told to provide Filipinos with more healthy food options in order to save the environment.
This, as Greenpeace and its partner groups spearheaded the celebrations for World Meat Free Week in the Philippines.
To be specific, they called on parents, school administrators and public officials to “free” students, employees and workers from dependence on industrialized meat, and instead support healthier plant-based meals in public schools and government institutions.
“Public institutions are some of the biggest purchasers of industrial meat. By encouraging them to serve less and better meat, and more plants in their canteens and during meetings and events, we reduce bulk demand for meat,” Virginia Benosa-Llorin, Greenpeace Philippines’s food and ecological agriculture campaigner, said in a statement cited by Business Mirror.
“It is high time for our policy and decision-makers to heed the call, to take concrete and proactive actions,” she added.
High red meat consumption has been linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Five million deaths each year—nearly nine people dying a minute—could be avoided by 2050, if people around the world would shift to healthier diets with more veggies and legumes, and less meat, the news release further said.
Meanwhile, livestock releases as much greenhouse gases as all cars, trucks, planes and ships put together.
According to a recent report from Greenpeace International, global meat and dairy production and consumption must be halved by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change.
“The evidence is powerful from a health and environmental perspective; people need to shift their consumption toward more plant-based diets. Governments, towns, cities and companies need to provide the enabling environment to help people to make this change,” said Pete Smith, Aberdeen University professor and former convening lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.