New Study Connects Personal Health & Diet With Global Environment
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently released a new study that found that both health and global warming could be positively influenced with a plant-based diet. The study focuses on the impacts of diet, and according to the website the significance is as follows:
“The food system is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions while unhealthy diets and high body weight are among the greatest contributors to premature mortality. We project that health and climate change benefits will both be greater the lower the fraction of animal-sourced foods in our diets.”
The researchers made their observations by studying different types of diets, including a global guideline-based diet, vegetarian diet, as well as vegan. According to the study, since the food system is responsible for over a quarter of all greenhouse gases, and 80% of those are associated with livestock production, “transitioning toward more plant-based diets that are in line with standard dietary guidelines could reduce global mortality by 6–10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29–70%”.
Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food and lead author of the study acknowledges that not everyone will radically shift their diets overnight, but understands the importance of making changes. He stated:
“We do not expect everybody to become vegan. What we eat greatly influences our personal health and the global environment. Adopting healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets can be a large step in the right direction.”
With this conclusion, Springmann also added that this study serves as another reason for “increased public and private spending on programs aimed to achieve healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets”, as it will combat both disease and climate change.
To read the study in its entirety, visit this link.
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