It’s a win-win-win for vegans

| Post published on November 16, 2020
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Solving the diet-environment-health trilemma

A simple truth – the diet that is good for you is also good for the environment. To maintain our health and that of the planet, and all its important natural systems upon which we depend, we must use the Earth’s limited resources more wisely, according to this report. The way we currently produce food contributes considerably to climate change, land degradation, water use and other impacts, which threaten food security. Most plant-based foods use considerably less resources and are much less harmful to the environment than meat and dairy. Greenhouse gas emissions from vegan diets are 50 per cent less than from meaty diets.

To resolve what they refer to as the diet-environment-health trilemma, the report says widespread dietary changes are essential. The human health and environmental benefits of a vegan diet are now well known. But there are still big questions over the political will to promote meat-free diets as the social norm. Please note, UK Government.

Fresán U and Sabaté J. 2019. Vegetarian diets: Planetary health and its alignment with human health. Advances in Nutrition. 10 (Supplement 4) S380-S388.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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