Friday, 10 February 2017

Plant-Based Diet

Plant-Based Diet 

A plant-based diet includes: 

·        Fruits
·        Vegetables
·        Nuts
·        Seeds
·        Legumes
·        Grains
·        Plant-based foods fortified with vitamin B12 and vitamin D 

Following a plant-based diet on an individual basis protects the environment, stops animal suffering and improves health.
Twenty-six percent of Earth’s arable land is used for livestock grazing and thirty-three percent of croplands are used for livestock feed production. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce  1 pound of meat, but only 25 gallons of water to grow 1 pound of wheat. Animal agriculture accounts for at least half of all human-caused greenhouse gases. 
Factory farmed animals lead a life of misery from the moment they are born. Millions of animals are crammed into windowless sheds, wire cages and metal crates. Animals are slaughtered when their bodies have been worn out from producing milk or eggs; many remain conscious when they are boiled, skinned or hacked apart on production lines.

Intensive animal agriculture creates public health problems. Human consumption of meat, dairy products and eggs is implicated in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Bacteria in animal waste contaminates drinking water, waterways and causes human illnesses. Workers in the meat industry suffer repetitive stress injuries in their hands, wrist, arms, shoulders and back.

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