Make a Difference this April!
For those who are concerned about the health of our planet, and the effects of climate change, it is easy to fall into despair these days. Plants for the Planet (PfP) is an alternative to despair, because each one of us can take positive action every day to improve the health of the planet and mitigate the effects of climate change, simply by putting only plant-based items on our plates (no meat, fish, dairy, or eggs). We don’t have to wait for the government, or some other external authority to solve the problem. With PfP, we hope to demonstrate the power of collective action in our community and throughout the world. Take a pledge to eat plant-based during April – you choose the number of days – and see what a difference it makes!
We Made A Pledge!
166 Pledges for
Earth Day (Month) 2019!
Mary Lois Brown
Louis Galluzzi, Jr.
Sybil Malinowski Melody
Pamela St. Germaine
B. B. Winick
It’s good for the planet
- Animal agriculture is responsible for at least 18% of greenhouse gas emissions – more than all modes of transportation combined.
- Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 in a 20-year timeframe. Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day – roughly equal to the amount from natural gas emissions
- Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
- Livestock, or livestock feed occupies 1/3 of the earth’s ice-free land.
- 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of beef, 477 gallons for one pound of eggs, almost 900 gallons for one pound of cheese, and 1,000 gallons for one gallon of milk.
- 5% of water consumed in the U.S. is used by private homes, and 55% is used for animal agriculture.
- In our oceans, animal and fish agriculture has already caused over 100,000 square miles of oxygen-depleted “dead zones”.
- It takes 1/6th of an acre to feed a person eating a plant-based diet for a year. It takes three times more (1/2 acre) to feed a vegetarian who consumes dairy and eggs, and eighteen times more (3 acres) to feed a meat-eater.
It’s good for our health
- The number one cause of death in the U.S., heart disease, is almost nonexistent in populations with diets centered around whole plant foods.
- A whole food plant-based diet can effectively prevent, treat, and in many cases reverse heart disease.
- Whole plant foods can also prevent and reverse high cholesterol and high blood pressure in most cases.
- A whole food plant-based diet has been shown to be effective in preventing and/or slowing certain cancers, specifically breast, prostate, cervical, kidney and colon cancer.
- Whole food, plant-based eating has positive benefits for:
- Weight loss
- Prevention and reversal of type 2 diabetes
- Improved sexual function
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
- Macular degeneration
- Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis
It’s kind to our fellow creatures
- In the United States, factory farms, which raise animals in crowded, unhealthy and inhumane conditions produce:
- Over 99% of chickens and turkeys
- 97% of laying hens
- 95% of pigs
- 78% of cattle
- 50% of fish
- This includes the production of all dairy products, in addition to meat and eggs.
What to Eat
- Whole grains such as corn, oats, rice
- Legumes such as beans and lentils
- Potatoes and sweet potatoes or yams
- Whole grain pastas and breads
- Whole grain cereals
Non-starchy fruits and vegetables:
- Lettuce, spinach, chard and other greens
- Apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, pears and other fruits
Nuts and seeds in moderation:
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
Herbs and spices
What Not to Eat
- Dairy products, including cheese and butter
- Highly processed foods
- Foods containing significant amounts of oil, sugar and salt
Menu Ideas and Recipes for Delicious Food and Vibrant Health
There are many wonderful resources available with menus, recipes, and information on how to maximize your health through nutrition. Check these out:
Tips for Eating Out
Eating out may seem challenging if there is no vegan or vegetarian restaurant available, but at nearly any restaurant there are options that will work. Healthy World Sedona provides a list of Verde Valley restaurants with at least one plant-based option on the menu with each monthly newsletter (click here). The popular phone app “Happy Cow” provides lists of veg-friendly restaurants in cities all over the world http://happycow.com. And there are numerous websites with tips for eating out. Click here for an example.