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Get Used to the Vegan Diet, Study Says It’s Key to Human Survival

(WellnessNova.com) - Love plants? That’s good, because you’re going to be eating a lot more of them, according to new research that finds vegetarian and vegan diets to be the most sustainable long-term option for the world’s growing population on a warming planet.

While vegans and vegetarians shoulder shrug at the idea of eating more veggies (it is, after all just another meal to them), many meat-eaters panic and shiver at the thought of replacing burgers and bacon with cauliflower and peas.

But according to a recent report published in the journal Nature Communications, a world population that has enough food to eat in the coming decades, will have to make plants more of a focal point.

“Of the scenarios that included everyone in the world eating a diet consisting entirely of plants, 100% were feasible,” reports Science. “But because of the amount of land it takes to raise animals for meat—about twice as much as for crops—only 15% of the scenarios with typical meat-heavy Western diets were feasible.”

Meat, egg, and dairy producers insist otherwise; and have attempted to point the finger at growing more plants as more detrimental to the environment than raising animals for consumption. But that’s just not the case, says the researchers, “According to our analysis, human diets are the strongest determinant of the biophysical option space, stronger than yields or cropland availability,” they wrote.

“Unsurprisingly, vegan diets and diets with a low share of livestock products show the largest number of feasible scenarios.”

Written by Jill Ettinger
Jill Ettinger is a freelance journalist, editor, and marketing consultant. She is the senior editor and featured columnist on sister sites EcoSalon.com and OrganicAuthority.co,. Jill has been featured in The Village Voice, MTV, Reality Sandwich, and Global Rhythm, as well as the anthologies "Towards 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age" (Tarcher/Penguin) and "What Do You Believe?" (Outside the Box). Jill spent more than a decade as a sales and marketing manager in the natural foods industry and regularly consults with emerging brands and organizations in creative communication, social media, and marketing strategies. For more info, visit www.jillettinger.com.
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