What’s the best diet to save the planet and help you live longer? Read here

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It turns out the food we eat has a major impact on our planet, as agriculture takes up half of the habitable land on Earth, destroying forests and other ecosystems, producing a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse, meat and dairy specifically account for about 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the report.

Therefore, simply changing what we eat every day can help reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable agriculture, according to the news agency. PTI report. While there are several “climate-friendly” diets, the best known are the all-vegetarian diet, the vegetarian diet, which also allows eggs and dairy, and the pescetarian diet, which also allows seafood.

Interestingly, there are also “flexitarian” diets, where three quarters of meat and dairy are replaced with plant-based foods, or the Mediterranean diet which allows moderate amounts of poultry, pork, lamb and beef, according to the report.

Here’s why deciding which diet to choose isn’t so simple:

The report reported a new fad diet, known as the climate diet. A version has been created by the non-profit organization Climates Network, which claims that this diet is healthy, climate-friendly and nature-friendly. According to the ad, “with a simple diet change, you can save a ton of CO₂ equivalents per person per year” (“equivalents” simply means that methane and other greenhouse gases are accounted for at sides of carbon dioxide), says the report.

However, the diet still allows you to eat meat and other high-emitting foods such as pork, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. red meat (beef, lamb, pork, veal and venison) as possible to other meats and fish, the report says.

So saving a ton of carbon dioxide is good, but going vegetarian or vegan can save even more and to save the planet we also need to consider both water use and Earth. While beef, for example, needs around 15,000 liters of water per kilo, few vegetarian or vegan foods like avocados and almonds also have a huge water footprint, but overall a diet plant-based consumes about half the water intake of a standard meat-based diet. diet, notes the report.

The report pointed out that a plant-based diet is also generally healthier. Meat, especially highly processed meat, has been linked to a range of major health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer, noting however that meat, dairy and fish are the main sources of certain essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, zinc, iodine and vitamin B12. Interestingly, one study suggests that a shift to a global plant-based diet could reduce global mortality by up to 10% by 2050.

So what exactly is the ideal global diet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce habitat destruction and help you live longer? The report states that being an “ultra-flexitarian,” meaning a diet that is primarily plant-based but allows meat and dairy in extreme moderation, but where meat red and transformed is completely prohibited. This would save at least 5.5 billion euros. tonnes of CO₂ equivalent per year (40% of all food emissions), reduce global mortality by 10% and prevent the slaughter of billions of innocent animals, PTI says the report.

(With PTI entries)

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