Today I posted an interesting article call from the Lancet about the great food transformation, the best science for better lives. It adds an additional wrinkle of environmental sustainability to minimize damage to earth’s systems.
Many people are interested in how their actions affect the environment. Clearly human behavior has to change with regards to how much fuel we consume, and how much resources we use or recycle. It’s become apparent that how we eat will affect both the world as well as ourselves.
To that end, here in United States we need to greatly reduce the amount of red meat, starchy vegetables, eggs, poultry and dairy that we consume. In the article, they referenced that global adoption of the reference diet by 2050 will require worldwide consumption of red meat and sugar to reduce by more than 50%, and consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes to increase by 100%.
In the executive summary, there is the quote that “food systems have the potential to nurture human health and support environmental sustainability, however our current trajectories threaten both.”
I’ve seen remarkable transformations occur in people’s weight, health and energy levels when they greatly increase the amount of raw, high fiber vegetables into their diet. Now that we know that we can both save our own lives as well save the world, what could be better than that?