Disclaimer: This is not a political statement! It’s a health one.
I just wanted to share with you a few facts I learned a few months ago while getting my certification on plant based nutrition at the Dr. T. Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies about the impact of animal consumption in our daily diet and the environment. I choose the title because it seems to be “in” right now and it will probably catch the attention of a few readers.
Again, I’m not trying to make a political statement here but a health statement, so read the facts below and see if you can adjust, just start with one day a week, and help make a difference. Feel inspire and just do it!
Fact #1 – Mass meat production affects our water supply from animal waste and our air supply from methane gas emissions
Fact #2 – Increased used of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), herbicides and pesticides affect our water supply and our food
Fact #3 – Overfishing has a negative effect on our ocean ecosystem, it reduces the oxygen levels in the ocean and increases the nitrogen levels
Fact #4 – Clearing and burning forests (CO2), livestock digestion (methane), and nitrogen based fertilizers (Nitrous Oxide) are major contributors to the greenhouse gas emissions (up to 51% annually)
Fact #5 – The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) study shows livestock contributes 18% to overall greenhouse emission
Based on these facts I hope brings awareness on the hidden impact of eating animal products. The goal is again to inspire you to shift your diet to be less meat oriented (protein from animal sources) and more whole food plant based – avoiding GMOs as much as possible too. As you can see you will not only help your body find balance through good and real food, but you will also benefit our planet by making small changes.