Whether you’ve always been conscious on the effects you have on the environment through your diet, or you’ve recently been spurred into action as Cape Town’s drought starts to look more and more like doom’s day, one thing’s for sure: a vegetarian or meat moderate diet is good for the Earth.
In fact, a vegan diet has a greater impact on the environment than the purchase of a hybrid car, or giving up showers for 6 months. Why’s that you ask? Simple. 30% of the world’s land mass is used to raise animals for food production – leading to deforestation for relatively small return. It also takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce the same amount of meat as it would take 25 gallons to produce wheat.
Now that’s not to say you’re expected to up and completely change your diet today, but thinking of ways to lessen your meat intake is one way you can contribute to a happy planet. For a lot of people, the concern is their health. What will you be missing out on by excluding meat? For most, the obvious answer seems to be protein but it doesn’t have to be.
Moderating your meat intake and helping to save the planet doesn’t mean your health has to suffer. These are just 3 of the ways you can ensure your body get’s what it needs to be happy and healthy while maintaining a veggie diet.