Americans Open to Plant-Based Food.

According to a new report, “Climate Change and the American Diet,” Americans are open to plant-based diets but they don’t know where to start. The good news from the report is that, overwhelmingly, Americans are open to including more plant-based foods into their diets. 94% of Americans surveyed expressed willingness to eat more plants, with more than 50% willing to eat more plant-based meat alternatives.

Countless studies and reports have shown that a shift toward plant-based diets and away from animal agriculture can reduce the tremendous strain on our planet’s resources while significantly reducing our carbon footprint. Animal agriculture accounts for at least 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest single-contributor of methane. Animal agriculture is also incredibly resourced intensive, with water consumption in the U.S. alone ranging between 36 and 74 trillion gallons of water annually.

The benefits that plant-based diets can have on human and environmental health are well documented. Yet, more than half of those surveyed have rarely heard about the environmental impact of food in the media, and when people don’t have enough information, they are unlikely to consider changing their eating habits.

If you are interested in learning more about the amazing benefits of plant-based diets, we highly recommend checking out the website www.forksoverknives.com which provides the tools and resources to make a plant-based lifestyle easy and enjoyable.

Since our inception in 2012, Green Menu’s volunteers have been working within our community to educate and promote conscious decisions regarding our food choices and how they impact our health and our environment. In keeping with this aim, Green Menu has donated over 500 pounds of plant-based meat alternatives this week to San Gabriel Mission whose Food Pantry has been serving the needs of our community since 2013.

根據一份新報告「氣候變化與美國飲食」,美國人對植物性飲食持開放態度,但他們不知道從哪裡開始。該報告的好消息是,絕大多數情況下,美國人願意在飲食中加入更多植物性食品。有94%的美國人表示願意多吃蔬食,而超過50%的人願意多食用植物性肉替代品。

無數的研究和報告表明,人們若能轉向以植物為主的飲食方式是可以減輕地球資源的巨大壓力,同時大大減少我們的碳足跡。
畜牧業至少佔全球溫室氣體排放量的14%,是甲烷的最大單一貢獻者。畜牧業也非常消耗資源,僅在美國每年的用水量就在36至74萬億加侖之間。

植物性飲食對人類和環境健康的好處已漸漸得到充分證明。但是超過一半的受訪者很少聽說媒體對食品的環境影響,而當人們沒有足夠的信息時,他們就不太可能考慮改變飲食習慣。

如果您想更多地了解基於植物的飲食的驚人好處,我們強烈建議您訪問網站
www.forksoverknives.com,該網站提供了基於植物飲食的生活方式及輕鬆愉快的工具和資源。

自2012年成立以來,Green Menu的義工團隊一直在南加各地社區舉辦大小不同的活動,以教育和推廣民眾選擇素食飲食,的確會改善人們的健康和地球環境保護。上週我們向聖蓋博傳教團捐贈了500磅以上的植物性蛋白食品,該教會的食品儲藏室自2013年以來一直為當地的社區提供服務。

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