Saving the Planet with Plant-Based Diet

CNN Report Highlights Value of Vegetarianism and Being Vegan

I used to be a vegetarian once. Now I am neither a vegetarian nor a vegan. The latter follow a plant-based diet, like the vegetarians, but vegans keep dairy also out (no milk or milk-based food).

I had eaten beef in the past, but it has been a few decades since I stayed clear of it. My parents, too, had never eaten beef, though not for any religious reasons. They were just averse to it.

Here is a research report that asks: “Would you stop eating beef to save the planet?” But it is not even remotely connected with the vigilante groups in India that are violently campaigning against cow slaughter and eating beef.

The report states vegetarian and vegan diets are the most effective in achieving a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a decrease in agricultural land demand and land clearing.

The report is by Dr George Wang, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The study found that “adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices an individual can make in mitigating environmental degradation and depletion of Earth’s natural resources.”

One of my Earlier Posts on Vegetarianism

Beauty of Vegetarianism Lost in Noise over Beef

G Joslin Vethakumar

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