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Plant-Based Eating: Why It’s Good for the Planet

When it comes to plant-based diets, what’s not to like? They’re good for our planet, good for our health and good for the animals! To encourage plant based eating, GreenTown Los Altos is partnering with One Meal a Day for the Planet to offer tools to help local restaurants and you transition to more plant-based meals! Why?

Healthy Planet = Healthy People

 

Raising animals for human consumption is a major cause of climate change, generating 18 percent of all greenhouse gases, a significant consumer and polluter of water, and the single largest user of land.

  • 29 percent of freshwater is used for animal agriculture and animal agriculture is a large source of pollution of waterways, coastal areas and coral reefs.(1, 2)

  • Increased land use for animal agriculture is a key factor in deforestation, especially in South America leading to species extinction and biodiversity loss.  70 percent of previous forested land in the Amazon is now pasture and feed-crops cover a large part of the remainder.

 

Healthy Bodies = Happy Bodies

 

Plant-based are good for you and this awareness is growing in most major health organizations.

    • A low-fat, plant-based diet, combined with regular exercise and a healthy overall lifestyle, can prevent, delay and even reverse heart disease and other cardiovascular events.(10)  Further, plant-based diets have been shown to control and reverse Type II diabetes.(11, 12)

Large healthcare organizations, like Kaiser Permanente now advise all of their 17,000+ physicians to recommend a plant-based diet to all their patients.(14)

Happy Animals = Happy Planet

For every person in the world, more than 10 animals are slaughtered each year.

  • The vast majority of chickens, cows and pigs are raised on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to maximize efficiency and profitability in living conditions are not humane. Animals are denied their basic instincts, like roaming, nesting, and nurturing their young.(15)

  • Animals are slaughtered at a fraction of their lifespan. For example, chickens naturally live for 10 years, but when bred for meat, they are typically killed at 6 weeks. Pigs, which live for 15 years, are typically killed at 6 months.

Please take our survey HERE so we know your preferences and to help shape our campaign in our community.

Simply switching to a plant-based diet can have immediate positive impacts on the environment and our health and relieve the suffering of animals. Won’t you join us? Be the first to hear about films, lectures and cooking classes: just email us to get on the list.