A plant based diet benefits our planet and its people. If everyone were to switch to a plant based diet, we could prevent further climate change. The food industry is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and a plant based diet can decrease it. Not only can plant based diets help the planet, but it can benefit the body. Switching to a plant based diet can decrease chances of type II diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. A plant based diet is the only way we can prevent the continuation of climate change and diseases.
RELEVANCE TO THE FUTURE
The topic of plant-based diet is extremely relevant to the future as it can help our future plant and the future world population. If we continue to have meat based diets, there will be an 80% increase in global greenhouse gas emissions from food production and habitat destruction (Smith). In addition, switching to a plant based diet can prevent disease related deaths of over 10.9 billion people (Barnard).
RELEVANT DISCOURSE COMMUNITIES
This topic is relevant to everyone as everyone can transition to a plant based diet. There is no reason why any individual can’t because it will only be a benefit to their health and wellbeing. No matter age or size, a plant based diet is possible. A plant based diet is especially beneficial for the youth as they will age without processed foods and sugars that negatively impact their health.
I plan to give a live TED talk.
I will be drawing on the following online resources:
All of these sources connect plant based diets to HEALTH and ENVIRONMENT, unifying my two sections.
First off, what is a “plant-based diet”
A plant based diet focuses on foods that come from plants. This includes nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, beans, fruits, and vegetables.
Facts/Stats for the Health section:
- “diets in 2050 will contain fewer servings of fruits and vegetables, about 60 percent more empty calories and 25 to 50 percent more pork, poultry, beef, dairy and eggs. These are changes that are known to increase the prevalence of type II diabetes, coronary heart disease and some cancers.”
- “Farmed animals produce 130 times more excrement than the human population and, due to lax or nonexistent procedures for animal waste treatment, the run-off from their waste is fouling America’s waterways.”
- “Eating more plants and fewer animal products could prevent 10.9 to 11.6 million premature deaths from heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions every year, according to the researchers.”
- “Less meat decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and many cancers” (https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/how-does-plant-forward-eating-benefit-your-health)
- I believe that a plant based diet is best for the human body and will only lead the population to longer lifespans and better health.
Facts/Stats for the Environment section:
- “if current trends prevail, these 2050 diets would also lead to an 80 percent increase in global greenhouse gas emissions from food production as well as habitat destruction due to land clearing for agriculture around the world.”
- “While the difference in greenhouse gas emissions for animal-based versus plant-based foods is well known, emissions per gram of protein for beef and lamb are about 250 times those of legumes; pork, chicken, dairy, and fish have much lower emissions”
- “The feed-related impacts of animal products also contribute to freshwater use and pressures on cropland, as well as nitrogen and phosphorus application, which over time could lead to dead zones in oceans, low-oxygen areas where few organisms can survive, according to Springmann.”
- “report concludes by noting that because agriculture uses 70% of the global fresh water supply, changes to our food production will offer the greatest potential for relief from water scarcity.”
- “Noting that there are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and an estimated 2 billion more are expected by 2050”
- Producing just a pound of beef requires 1,800 gallons of water.
- If Americans ate more beans and less beef, we would require 42 percent less cropland.
- “The panel estimates that greenhouse emissions associated with food loss and waste – from field to kitchen bin – is as high as 8-10% of ALL global emissions.”
I believe that being on a plant based diet is a simple way to make a big change in the progression of climate change.
CONNECTION TO MYSELF:
I plan to discuss my plant based diet and how it has benefited my health.