How you can save EARTH by eating less
I always have wondered if nutritionists can help save the earth.
Yes, we can! Happy Earth Day.
The food we eat and the manner in which we produce it have a huge impact on ours as well as planet’s health.
As per a report published in medical journal Lancet, reducing the consumption of meat & sugar and including more fruits and vegetables in the diet can help reduce our environmental impact.
As per Oxford study published in the journal science reducing intake of meat and dairy products can lessen individual’s carbon footprint by 2/3 rd.
How what we eat impacts the environment*
If you are eating 75g of chicken for 3-5 days in a week, you will be contributing 284kg to your annual greenhouse gas emissions. Your consumption of chicken also uses 19,025 liters of water and 352 sq m of land equal to the space of 1 tennis court.
1 glass of dairy milk (200ml) for 3-5 days in a week contributes 131kg to your annual greenhouse gas emissions. It is equivalent to driving a car for 538 kms. Your consumption of milk uses 26,133 liters of water. 0.6 kg of greenhouse gases is emitted per 200ml serving of milk.
75g of beef for 3-5 days in a week will contribute 1,611kgs to your annual greenhouse gas emissions. This is equivalent to driving a petrol car for 6,618 kms. Your consumption beef uses 4,625 sq m of land equal to the space of 17 tennis courts. 7.8 kgs of greenhouse gases are emitted per serving of beef.
26% of global emissions come from food. 58% of food emissions come from animal products. But they provide us only with 20% of calorie that we eat, yet uses 77 % of our agricultural land. To produce 1 kg of beef 15000 liters of water is required; 1 kg of cheese requires 5000 liters of water.
We shall not look far from our food plates to save the earth. Our choice of foods can make a big difference. If we can reduce our consumption of meat & dairy products it can help avoid causing further damage to the environment by saving water, reducing pollution & loss of forests and revitalize our ecosystem.
I personally have been making a conscious effort to reduce non-vegetarian food intake in my diet. By EATING LESS we can save the EARTH.
Ryan Fernando is an Award-winning celebrity Sports Nutritionist with 2GUINNESS world record and 2 Olympic medals under his belt. His client list include Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar, cricketer Shikhar Dhawan & bollywood superstars Aamir Khan & Abhishek Bachchan. He is Chief Nutritionist at QUA Nutrition Signature Clinics.
(*All figures for each food in the calculator are global averages. Design by Prina Shah, development by Felix Stephenson and Becky Rush.)