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Right diet for the planet

Dear Editor:

If we want to save the world from starvation, fuel shortages and the worst impacts of climate change, then we need to adopt a vegan diet. That’s according to a United Nations report just published. (www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet)

Prepared by the International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management, the report notes that agriculture, particularly meat and dairy production, accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater consumption, 38 percent of total land use and 19 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Just as fossil fuels will gradually be replaced by renewable, pollution-free energy sources like wind and solar power, meat and dairy products in the world’s diet will need to be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains. Both shifts are absolutely necessary to reduce production of greenhouse gases and consumption of natural resources and to ensure planetary survival into the foreseeable future: “A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”

A diet of vegetables, fruits, and grains represents a healthy diet designed to prevent global starvation, while protecting our natural environment and safeguarding personal health. And the best part is, it’s something each of us can do with our next trip to our supermarket.

Andrew Torelli


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