Apr 19th, 2007
The fourth day of our "Earth Day" series will focus on your health. You may ask: what does good health have to do with helping the environment? This is a good question! The answer…I believe people concerned with their health are generally more inclined to pay attention to the types of food they eat and the sourcing of that food. In addition, unhealthy people use more medical resources than healthy people do. This last part is based on fact, and it is what I want to highlight today.
The health-care industry consumes large amounts of our natural resources and produces tons of hazardous waste. If you are interested in seeing something alarming, just take a look at the Bristol-Myers Squibb annual "Environmental Performance" report. Last year BMS produced 579 kg of ozone-depleting emissions, over 1 billion kg of CO2 and consumed over 35 billion liters of water. I am not trying to single out BMS, I am just trying to demonstrate that modern health-care is extremely resource intensive. Please keep in mind that these figures represent the impact of one health-care company. Multiply this by all pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, research facilities, medical supply companies, etc. on the planet and it becomes apparent that staying healthy is not only good for you as an individual, it is also good for our planet.
Of course, having a good diet does not guarantee good health, but it is one of the few variables that we can actually control. Lately, a few studies have been making headlines with findings that reducing meat consumption and increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables play a big role in maintaining good health. These reports have been released within the last month and are linked below.
- Red meat may double breast cancer risk
- Cured meat consumption linked to pulmonary disease
- Extra servings of vegetables reduce cancer risks
The results of these stories are probably not going to surprise you, and most of it, you are already well aware of. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has more health benefits than any another diet ever known.
Going vegetarian one day a week presents a great opportunity to start creating tasty meals that focus on healthy fruits and vegetables. Also, these meals can be incorporated into your diet for the rest of the week. You will quickly see that going veg does not mean you will be restricted to eating salads every meal. There is a huge variety of veg food out there that will ‘knock your socks off’. For some good recipes to get you started, take a look at our ‘recipes‘ category.
Simply stated, be healthy, safe the planet. Going veg one day a week can help!
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