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Helping the Planet with Healthy Eating Habits

Luciana Baroni / Denise Filippin / Silvia Goggi
Published Online: 2018-11-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opis-2018-0012

Abstract

A growing number of people are paying more attention to the concept of environmental sustainability, implementing sustainable eating practices to minimize the waste of resources, and the production of waste products related to the food production process. The careful application of sustainable eating practices makes it possible to help the environment, public health, and society by increasing the availability of food and farmland to feed every inhabitant on Earth. Individuals impact the environment through their eating because of three factors: food, energy used in the home, and transport. The most powerful of these factors is food. Animal food production involves a greater use of resources (raw materials, land, water, energy) and produces more pollutants (chemical residues from agriculture, greenhouse gases, manure) than plant-based food. Thus, a lifestyle based on eating plant foods is not only beneficial for the environment, but also protective of a consumer’s health. Alternative practices, such as using renewable energy sources or alternative fuels, however desirable they may be in combination with limiting the consumption of animal foods, are more difficult to implement across society. To change one’s eating habits is, on the other hand, a simple, fast, and inexpensive approach.

Keywords: environmental impact; vegetarian diets; vegan diets; ecology; plant-based nutrition

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About the article

Received: 2017-12-01

Accepted: 2018-09-21

Published Online: 2018-11-10

Published in Print: 2018-11-01


Citation Information: Open Information Science, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 156–167, ISSN (Online) 2451-1781, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opis-2018-0012.

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