Why Plant Based?
Around 400 BCE, Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”
In 1825, French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what your are.”
The idea that our diet is directly tied to our health is not new. With the vast amount of information available today, our understanding of a healthy diet has deep roots. We also know that our diet is directly tied to the health of our planet.
For over 50 years the AMA (American Heart Association), the ACS (American Cancer Society) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) have cautioned, if not warned, that eating meat is not a healthy choice.
Whether its heart disease or any number of cancers related to meat in our diets, we continue to lose over 1 million people a year due to chronic diseases linked to heavy meat consumption.
We also know that as global meat consumption increases, so does its climate impact. Animal agriculture is the second leading contributor to greenhouse gas production right behind the fossil fuel industry. It’s also the leading cause of deforestation around the globe.
An increasing volume of research tells us a more plant-based approach to eating will have profound effects on both our health and the health of our planet.
“Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein.
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