Some of the retro food trends making a comeback are grass fed meat and raw milk, but the strongest health trend these days is back-to-basics with a primarily vegan diet. Eating a plant-based diet will not only help reduce carbon emissions but dramatically increase your health and wellbeing. Nicole Sherwin, editor of Simply Green magazine and founder The Green Lounge Experience reports.
Last year the world's leading authority on climate change, Dr Rajendra Pachauri told the Observer that going meat-free once a week was the most attractive¹ way http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/07/food.foodanddrink for individuals to reduce carbon emissions. Hospitals are even taking meat off menus in the U.K as part of a strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while the Belgian town of Ghent announced plans
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/13/ghent-belgium-vegetarian-day to make every Thursday a meat-free day.
The links between meat and climate change have been well known for several years. A UN study in 2006 showed http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/16/ghent-belgium-vegetarian- town-environment that the livestock industry was responsible for a staggering 18% of man's global greenhouse gas emissions, partly because of deforestation in the Amazon http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/31/cattle-trade-brazil-green peace-amazon-deforestation> .
Instead of eating animal-based products, vegans choose great-tasting,cholesterol-free, fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and some soy-based foods. (See www.thekindlife.com by actress Alicia Silverstone for great vegan recipes)
We must take action now if we want to create a kinder, greener and healthier planet. Fortunately, vegetarians and vegans have been sprouting up all over.
Even former US President Bill Clinton has been publicly touting his new near-vegan diet, pointing out that by going vegan, he has lost weight,
lowered his cholesterol and reduced his risk for many life-threatening diseases. Other celebrity vegans include Sheryl Crow, Chris Martin, Daryl Hannah, Elijah Wood, Ellen Degeneres and Sir Paul McCartney. See the latest issue of Simply Green magazine for our full vegan focus.
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