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Who wouldn’t want to live longer? A longer lifespan means more time to do the things you enjoy, visit more amazing places, experience a wider variety of things, and spend more time with the people you love.
Well, did you know that a vegan diet could give you that longer life? According to a study published by the PNAS, going vegan can benefit not just you, but the planet overall!
The study analyzed the effects on a vegan diet, not only on overall health, but also on the climate and the health of the planet. The results of the research provided shocking insight into what could happen if a plant-based diet was widely adopted.
• 8.1 million fewer people would die per year. A staggering number of deaths are caused by heart disease and obesity-related health conditions. With a plant-based diet, the number of obese people would drop drastically, leading to a reduction in obesity-related deaths. Take note, the study said “8.1 million PREMATURE deaths”. And that’s every year!
• $1 billion less would be spent on global healthcare. Once again, this is largely due to the change in diet. With more people eating a healthy plant-based diet, overall human health could radically improve. Less would be spent on medications and doctor visits to treat diseases and disorders that could easily be reduced and managed with a healthy diet.
• Greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by as much as 70%. Did you know that an overwhelming majority of greenhouse gases produced in the world come from the food system? Throughout the feeding, care, and processing of animals, a disgusting amount of greenhouse gases are produced–more than all of the cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships in the world. By eliminating the animal agriculture aspect of our food system, greenhouse gas emissions would drastically be reduced.
As you can see, a world gone vegan could be a much better place! Not only would fewer people die every year, but people would be much healthier and would live on a safer planet. What’s not to love about a healthy, veggie-loaded diet?
Sadly, the chance of this happening is slim. In many countries, the consumption of animal products is central to the cuisine–the French and their cheese, the Argentines and their steak, the Japanese and their fish, and so on. It will be nigh impossible to convince the world to adopt a widespread plant-based diet.
Still, it’s good to have proof of what we know to be true. Plant-based diets improve the quality of life, increase health, and protect the planet. We can do our parts, even if the rest of the world will not!