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Dietary Changes Would Benefit The Health Of Humans And The Planet

November 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Shifting to a largely plant-based diet would not only make us healthier, it would also be good for the planet, according to U.S. researchers. Their study fused data on the environmental costs of food production – growing fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. vs. raising cattle– as well as diet trends, relationships between diet and health, and population growth. The core problem is that people consume too much refined sugar, refined fats and oils, and land-intense agricultural products like beef. All of this shortens lifespans, while increasing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing land available for endangered species. The solution is to switch to largely Mediterranean, pescatarian (fish) or vegetarian diets.
David Tilman & Michael Clark, "Global diets link environmental sustainability and human health. ", Nature, November 12, 2014, © Macmillan Publishers Limited
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