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Your Diet and The Environment: How and Why are They Connected?

by Shaula Saldaña March 10, 2020

Science has Spoken: What you Eat has a Direct Impact on the Environment

Did you know that, as of now, it's been scientificaly proven that cutting down our animal protein intake helps a lot in reducing our carbon footprint in the planet? The actual demand for food and animal-derived products directly affects agricultural production. Modern agricultural practices have so far resulted in:

  • Contaminated soil
  • Polluted air
  • Contaminated water
  • Eroded soil
  • Dependence on imported oil
  • Biodiversity loss

Recent scientific studies have proven the ambiental impact of plant-based and animal-based diets, taking California as a reference and comparing parameters regarding: agricultural production supplies (which included pesticides and fertilizers), water and energy used to produce food. Results, brought to us by the Adventist Health Studywere shocking. 

Animal-Based Diets Required:

  • 2.9x times more water
  • 2.5x times more energy
  • 13x times more fertilizers
  • 1.4x times more pesticides

The most significant contribution to these discrepancies come mainly from beef intake, and have concluded that an animal-based diet represents a higher ambiental cost than that of a plant-based one (vegan or vegetarian). Speaking strictly from an eco-conscious point of view, the environmental impact from your food choices is real.

    With this information on hand, it really becomes necessary that we as a society take conscience of our consumption habits, in order to try and reduce our carbon footprint and also to thrive on the benefits that a plant-based diet offers.

    The easiest step to take, is to try and reduce your animal protein intake, and what better way to do so than with ourselves! If you need help transitioning from animal-based proteins, we have your back. Falcon Protein will be the completely plant-based ally you never knew you needed.

     

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    Sources:

    1. First published April 1, 2009, doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.2009.26736ZAm J Clin Nutr May 2009 vol. 89 no. 5 1699S-1703S
    2. Am J Clin Nutr September 2003 vol. 78 no. 3 657S-659S

     




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