The Buffalo Live-Food Community Message Board › Environmentalism and the Plant-Based Diet
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A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that "In order for the public to gain the health benefits associated with consuming a plant-based diet, it is important to provide practical information on how to eat a plant-based diet. The results also suggest that people are largely unaware of the importance of the benefits that may be gained from eating a plant-based diet, particularly those that fall outside health such as environmental benefits."
I believe it was Toni who mentioned doing a study group to inform new-comers about the benefits of the plant-based diet and there are various incredibly convincing environmental arguments that can be made in favor of eating raw or mostly-raw.
Here are some interesting articles worth reading on the subject:
"World water supplies will not be enough for our descendants to enjoy the sort of diet the West eats now, experts say."
"The American system of farming grain-fed livestock consumes resources far out of proportion to the yield, accelerates soil erosion, affects world food supply and will be changing in the future."
In addition, a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that "Both the meat-based average American diet and the lactoovovegetarian diet require significant quantities of nonrenewable fossil energy to produce. Thus, both food systems are not sustainable in the long term based on heavy fossil energy requirements." In other words, both omnivore and vegetarian diets aren't sustainable enough for the long term. The only ecologically viable solution is a plant-based diet featuring mostly locally grown produce. Such a thing can only come from neighborhoods and communities working together to create locally sustainable food systems.
Finally, a review by the EHP (environmental health perspectives group) looking at sustainable farming concluded the following: "The industrial agriculture system consumes fossil fuel, water, and topsoil at unsustainable rates. It contributes to numerous forms of environmental degradation, including air and water pollution, soil depletion, diminishing biodiversity, and fish die-offs. Meat production contributes disproportionately to these problems, in part because feeding grain to livestock to produce meat--instead of feeding it directly to humans--involves a large energy loss, making animal agriculture more resource intensive than other forms of food production."
I hope that's enough to at least get new-comers started.