“Demitarian” is the latest eco-friendly diet trend that means cutting your consumption of animal products in half. Similar to “flexitarian” or “weekday vegetarian,” demitarians strive to reduce animal products in their diets without having to give them up entirely. This not only brings an individual increased health benefits, but also does a great deal to make our planet more sustainable. A United Nations report finds that if Europeans ate half as much meat, dairy, and eggs, they could lower agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 percent. The report also found that adopting this demitarian diet would reduce consumption of saturated fats by 40%, therefore having beneficial impacts on heart health.
Most of the time when we think of global warming and pollution, what comes to mind is transportation and non-renewable energy. However, agriculture is a major threat to our natural world, and by reducing your meat intake, you can reduce your carbon footprint, save water, save land, and protect the oceans. Here are some startling facts on how our meat intake affects the world:
– Raising animals for food, including land used for grazing and growing feed crops now uses 30% of the Earth’s land mass.
– 70% of the grain grown in the United States goes towards feeding farm animals. Imagine how many people we could feed with that!
– 80% of land deforested in the Amazon is now used as cattle pasture
– To produce 1 lb of animal protein vs. 1 lb of soy protein it takes 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel, and 15 times as much water.
If you’re new to vegetarianism but thinking about giving it a try, check out this awesome website that has some great resources to get you started! Happy eating 🙂