Gardening

Are your eating habits responsible and sustainable?

What is the environmental cost on our plate? How to be responsible and eat a sustainable and healthy diet ?

The negative impacts on the climate and in general on the planet of what we put on our tables has been the object of study for a long time and in one of the most recent the cost we pay for including products of origin in our diet animal and its derivatives.

The livestock is human activity greater impact is in the environment , severely harming it (even more than transportation). It is responsible for soil degradation, loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, massive deforestation, migration of indigenous communities, pollution, or the disproportionate use of fresh water, a very limited natural resource.

In fact, approximately 90% of deforestation in the Amazon is due to factory farming, and that is why FAO has for years emphasized the importance of eliminating, or at least minimizing, the consumption of animal products.

The greenhouse effect is caused by emissions of methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, all three related to livestock and which also cause acid rain, soil and water contamination with hormones, antibiotics, etc. They are a serious problem for our environment because they degrade it and endanger our lives in it.

The natural resources necessary for the development of livestock production is not, at all, sustainable: to get 1 kg of meat, up to 17 kg of cereals may be needed … with which a family of 5 members could be fed for several days.

If we talk about water needs , to get 1 kg of beef you can need up to 15,000 liters of water, 15,000 liters of water! Let us remember that fresh water is a very precious and limited asset, and in the future we will be in serious trouble if we do not learn to manage it responsibly.

To give another striking example, 160 kg of potatoes could be grown in the same space necessary to produce 1 kg of meat.

The price we all pay for the consumption of animal products is too high, it is necessary to react to stop this irrational form of consumption that is depleting the planet’s natural resources.

What alternatives do we have? If we want to be responsible, eat healthy and eat a sustainable diet, we have it very simple: eliminate animal products, or at least minimize their consumption, and choose fruits, vegetables, vegetables, seeds, nuts, etc. organic production. Not only will we be healthier and avoid diseases, but we will also contribute to the improvement of our planet instead of promoting its progressive destruction.

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