With the challenge to reduce our carbon footprint, we are happy to share this diet with you, especially during Earth Month! The Climatarian Diet has dual benefits, not only for your health but for the planet and can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke because of the plant-based component.
This diet includes low carbon options like:
- Cutting down or eliminating meat from your diet
- Reducing food waste
- Choosing seasonal, local, and fresh food
- Shopping organic and sustainable food
- Eating “land-efficient” foods and drought-hardy crops
Livestock agriculture contributes up to a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and is one of the main contributors to biodiversity loss. Livestock emit methane that is very damaging to the environment and our health because it is 28 times more powerful at warming the climate than carbon dioxide and reduces the amount of oxygen in the air. This sector also drives 80% of deforestation worldwide, contributing mass amounts of GHG. Livestock agriculture GHG emissions are greater than emissions caused by the transportation sector and uses almost 30% of the world’s scarce fresh water. With a simple =shift to the Climatarian Diet, you can feel better about your health and reducing your carbon footprint in a way that will really make a difference. Studies have shown that eliminating meat from your meals reduces the cost of staying below 2 degrees of warming by 26% and can improve well-being and reduce many adverse health risks.
According to the American Heart Association, consuming less meat decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and many types of cancer. Meat is often loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat that have major roles in poor heart health. Just remember, when removing meat there are still many foods you can eat to keep protein in your diet--hole grains, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, beans, chickpeas, quinoa, lentils, nutritional yeast, soy, bread, rice, and so much more.
Our store is filled with numerous plant-based options and experts that can help you switch to a Climatarian Diet, whatever that may mean to you on your personal food journey. All our products have been thoroughly researched to keep toxins out of our stores and your body!