Plant based meal: Why It’s Better for the Planet?

According to research, meat and dairy products contribute to the global warming catastrophe, but plant-based diets that emphasize fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes help save the environment.

What Does Eating “Plant-Based” Mean?

A diet that is plant-based excludes all foods with animal products, such as meat, dairy, and eggs. Fruits, vegetables, grains, starches, beans, legumes, and nuts are examples of foods and ingredients that are derived from plants. Popular plant-based foods include tofu and other animal substitutes, as well as dairy-free milks and cheeses.

Scientists have discovered that avoiding meat and dairy products is the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact—”far bigger” than taking fewer flights or purchasing an electric vehicle. A UN report on climate change found that shifting away from meat consumption and toward plant-based diets on a global scale could have significant environmental impacts.

By 2050, a global transition to a plant-based diet may cut greenhouse gas emissions from food production by 10% and mortality by 70%. According to a report from the UNEP, “animal products, both meat and dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives.” According to the World Health Organization, “Reducing livestock herds would also reduce emissions of methane, which is the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide.”

Going Plant-Based Can Have A Huge Impact 

Our strategy for changing people’s perceptions of harmful food production techniques and the devastation of essential ecosystems is to advocate for a plant-based diet.

Since the 1960s, the output of meat has increased fourfold, and by 2050, it is expected to increase by another twofold. This expansion in animal farming contributes to more deforestation, pollution, and the loss of arable land.

Furthermore, because plants used as animal feed must be irrigated and because animals use a lot of water, meat production uses up to three times as much water as organic plant production.

Food Insecurity Can Be Reduced With Healthy Plant-Based Meals

Conflict, natural catastrophes, disease outbreaks, and economic shocks have caused 135 million people to experience severe hunger worldwide; COVID-19 might cause this number to rise to 270 million. Food costs have significantly increased as a result of the pandemic’s rapid spread and the ensuing lockdowns, leaving the most disadvantaged people with even lower incomes.

250 affiliate initiatives run by Food for Life Global are already serving more than 1 million entirely Plant-based meals daily across 65 different countries.

We believe in promoting the idea of equality among all life, along with expanding the quantity of meals supplied and continually enhancing our distribution techniques. Our motto, “Uniting the World Through Pure Food,” is inspired by this.

Based on the principle of equality for all creatures, our purpose has been broadened to encompass all animals, and we now assist several animal sanctuaries all over the world.

How we help

FFLG is in support of pure veganism, a way of life that neglects the use of animals or their by products in anything from food to clothes to home goods to things that have undergone animal testing.

As a means of promoting the sustainable use of nature’s resources and promoting a healthy plant-based diet, we advocate Plant based only food distribution to lessen our reliance on meat products.

By adopting a vegan lifestyle and advocating for animal rights, we can protect the environment and promote better health.

If you’re looking for a way to help the planet, one small but impactful change you can make is to eat more plant-based meals. Not only are plant-based meals better for the environment, they’re also usually healthier and more affordable than their animal-based counterparts. Plus, when you choose to eat plant-based meals, you’re also supporting charities that are working hard to make a difference in the world. So next time you’re looking for a meal option that’s good for both you and the planet, remember to choose a delicious plant-based meal!

Paul Turner

Paul Turner

Paul Turner co-founded Food for Life Global in 1995. He is a former monk, a veteran of the World Bank, entrepreneur, holistic life coach, vegan chef, and author of 6 books, including, FOOD YOGA, 7 maxims for soul happiness.

MR. Turner has traveled to 72 countries over the last 35 years helping to establish Food for Life projects, train volunteers, and document their success.

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