Eat Less Meat: Save the Planet and Everyone On It, Says New Study

Happy kids feeding cows on a farm. Little girl and school age boy feed cow on a country field in summer. Farmer children play with animals. Child and animal friendship. Family fun in the countryside.

Looking for some motivation to eat less meat? A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America may just have the evidence you’ve been looking for–both for your health and for the health of the planet.

According to the research, conducted by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, consuming less meat could prevent 5.1 million deaths per year by 2050. Adopting a completely vegan diet, the researchers estimate, would lead to 8.1 million fewer deaths in the same time-period, significantly decreasing healthcare costs around the globe.

“What we eat greatly influences our personal health and the global environment,” the study’s lead author Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food told Reuters.

The savings would be significant, note the researchers, as much $700 billion to $1,000 billion per year on combined values of healthcare, unpaid care, and lost working days.

But it’s not just human health that benefits from the shift away from meat consumption. The researchers also noted that the impact on climate change could be reduced by major moves to a plant-based diet. The shift would also “cut food-related emissions by 29 percent, adopting vegetarian diets would cut them by 63 percent and vegan diets by 70 percent,” Reuters reported. And the savings by way of reduced greenhouse gas emissions could be as much as $570 billion.

“The researchers found that three-quarters of all benefits would occur in developing countries, although the per capita impacts of dietary change would be greatest in developed nations, due to higher rates of meat consumption and obesity,” reports Reuters.

The researchers also noted that the financial gains in reduced health care costs as a result of consuming less meat, could be even greater than the reduction of damages on the climate.

“The value of those benefits makes a strong case for increased public and private spending on program aimed to achieve healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets,” Springmann said.

The researchers noted that a reduction in meat consumption would be felt most significantly in East Asia, the West, and Latin America; and the benefits of increased fruit and vegetable consumption reducing the most preventable deaths in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Reducing overall caloric intake would reduce obesity and obesity-related illnesses globally, with the most noticeable improvements occurring in the Eastern Mediterranean, Latin America and Western nations, explaining that to achieve the guidelines would require a 50 percent decrease in red meat consumption worldwide along with a 25 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption.

“We do not expect everybody to become vegan,” Springmann noted, “But climate change impacts of the food system will be hard to tackle and likely require more than just technological changes. Adopting healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets can be a large step in the right direction.”

2016-04-01T11:20:07+00:00

Related Questions

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I would like to know your views on consumption freshly slaughtered meat or fish cooked but eaten only with red chillies stews and host of spinaches and vegetables, thanks a lot, also I will like to say that your website has been a blessing to me thanks.

    A: We encourage a RAW FOODS diet, as eating nutrient-dense raw fruits and vegetables provide an array of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, and phytonutrients that help your body perform optimally.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Can you please write or address an article about, regular supermarket meat vs. halal meat? Point out that there is primarily no difference, based on the article you previously wrote on the dangers of meat. Meat is meat! I am muslim myself, and I don't eat even halal meat.

    A:

    Please read our article entitled Halal Meat vs, Supermarket Meat.

    Article:
    Halal Meat vs. Supermarket Meat

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Hetep, I've been a vegetarian for about two year's now, have not consume any meat since, but recently I begin eating shrimp, I don't drink milk, eat cheese, fish. I want to be like a vegan but, is it an issue with me eating the shrimp, and another thing I smoke weed heavy, is the smoking affecting my vegetarian diet.

    A:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I was most impressed by your website. The information to support your products and your obvious interest in informing the public caught and kept my attention. As I searched further into Black Seed Tea, the reason for my visit, I noticed your product ALCOHOL BUSTER. The comment of "on the metaphysical level, alcohol consumption also impairs the human aura" although very non clinical, is very much my way of thinking, it got my attention. I read as far as the disclaimer, "the formula does not have the power to prevent consumption of alcohol as only will power and a made up mind can do this." Here's where I step out of character and find myself writing this e-mail. It has been my experience while working with people from all walks of life, who are members of any 12 step program, that a reference to will power as a prevention of anything is a two edged sword. While I agree will power is important in abstention, I believe the person is benefited by using their personal will power to seek help, to commit to recovery, to take care of the physical, mental and emotional bodies. I don't believe "human" will power is the power that prevents consumption. The suggestion that "will power and a made up mind can prevent consumption of alcohol" to a person with an addiction could become a deadly idea. This of course is my opinion, do with it what you feel is appropriate.

    A:

    I feel you in where you're coming from, but I truly believe and know human willpower plays a role in prevention and healing of all disease. The strongest thing humans have is a will. Will meshes with desire in many cases. Both are strong in humans. Now, you're dealing with a person with addiction in regards to your last statement and I can totally understand where you are coming from but the sick person is not exempt from any laws of healing. There is no real or true healing absent willpower to do a thing, a beneficial thing. The addicted person must be first dealt with on the physical and psychological levels and then the spiritual and energetic (getting to the root of the addiction: perhaps a 2nd chakra problem or something hanging over from a past life). All addiction points to spiritual void and therefore the only ultimate healing here is mental or spiritual via mental. As you know, it's mind-body-spirit and all must be dealt with for healing. Will is important in abstention but we don't won't people to focus on abstaining which is usually converted into "can't have" by the addicted person. We want people to only focus on the good, the healthy, what they need and require, not what they don't want or can't have because their subconscious mind will create the situations and circumstances by which these people end up consuming the thing that is insalubrious for them. It never fails. I grew up with an alcoholic mother and plenty of other alcoholics. We want people to have and use willpower to GO FOR the best things for them, will in DOING the right and healthy things for themselves. All healing is ultimately within self. As a man thicket so is he! Peace be unto you fellow metaphysician!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I eat a lot of fruits and, veggies, I don't consume a lot of meat but I'm concern about the raw veggies and fruit lately because I read and article how washing your fruit and veggies isn't helping to clean fecee and other environmental mishaps that plaque out food so what do you recommend is there a organic wash or what?

    A:

    YES! VEGETABLE & FRUIT WASHES are sold at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Hi it's me again. I just read what you said about meat and what I don't understand is if meat was not good for us why in the Bible people eat Lamb. How would you explain back in the Bible times during Abraham and Moses when they use to offer sacrifice and kill a lamb were they cruel and going against God. And those who couldn't afford animals like Lamb would use bird eggs. In the book of Exodus chp. 12: 11,21,27,43,48 and Lev. 23:5 and 12:3, Deut. 16:7and Exodus 34:25 when the death Angel was passing and God told them to kill a Lamb and put the blood on the door post and gave the command for them to roast it. How would you explain that because up until this day the Jews still eat Lamb. Even fish, it was fish that God used to feed the 5000 people. Are you saying I can't eat fish at all. I would like to know some of the things you eat in the place of meat , fish and chicken. I really want to change my eating habit.

    A:

    All meat consumption came AFTER the Fall of Man (Genesis Chapter 6). Man can eat meat while in a degenerate state but to return back to Eden he/she must go back to plant foods. Also, meat today is greatly TAINTED unlike meat 4,000 - 6,000 years ago! It's not the same. Jews are not the healthiest people, by the way! Health conscious people are!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What do you tell someone that believes that eating meat is better than eating products not made of meat such as wheat pasta, brown rice, etc. My wife eats way too much meat, and she always says that she needs it for the protein. She doesn't work out or exercise regularly so I see it as just an excuse to continue the same old behavior. She's 5'6" and 205lbs and I think she should weigh 140 - 145 max. She's 43 years old and suffers from high blood pressure and swelling in the legs.

    A:

    We provide you with all the ammo you need in our free articles. Read the articles WHAT IS MEAT?, PROTEIN PROPAGANDA, THE DANGERS OF EATING MEAT, etc. You'll have all the ammo you need to counteract or retort any meat-eater's argument about eating dead animal flesh!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am a 33 year old who has been experiencing nocturnal emissions since I was a teenager. I do not masturbate, but every now and then I experience these emissions. During my light research, it was stated by the health and medical industry that nocturnal emissions are normal occurrence within males. I know there's so much more to know about this. Can you can provide some insight as to what it is? Is it really natural? Is it possible for a person to have emissions, who is not sexually active? Can you please help me?

    A:

    Please read our new article "Nocturnal Emissions" on the Home Page in the Articles section, Beloved!

    Article Links:
    Nocturnal Emission

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: How often should one eat cook food? I'm a vegan, I do not consume any meat, seafood, milk what so ever. I eat water cresses like everyday so as cook food. Like white rice with black bean sauce, spinach, and pasta at time's I'll eat some Chinese fried rice, veggie roll, steamed vegetables, any advice?

    A:

    You can eat cooked food as much as you like. However, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense raw foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, into your diet to make sure you are receiving an adequate amount of nutrients.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I've made a lifestyle change about 8 months ago. I excluded all dairy, wheat, grains, gluten, legumes, sugar, oils (except olive oil). I still eat minimum amount of meat (chicken, fish) maybe 2 -3 times/wk. I'm slowly trying to eliminate meat totally as I only use to make my meals more filling. My plan is to do Ozone Therapy midway through the detox program, which also rid the body of toxins.

    A:

    Ozone therapy is beneficial!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Thank you so much for what you do. I have done the FULL BODY DETOX in May and I am getting ready to do it again this month. My cycle is very regular but now I am concern because I am late. I believe it mostly have to do with me being stress about not having one. I am not pregnant and I do not have any other medical condition. I am not totally raw foods but I do limit meat and dairy consumption. Is there a nature way to induce my menses. Stop stressing is obviously one. LOL. You help is greatly appreciated.

    A:

    Take MOON CYCLE FORMULA (3 capsules), FEMALE HORMONAL FORMULA (3 capsules) and FEMALE HEALTH TEA (1 cup daily) and this should regulate your menses.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Hi Dherbs.com, I'm 17 and I'm from west Africa, I am Aquarius. I really like your medicine and advice, it reminds me of Africa! I have a heavy computer that I use for college, and it's about 3 Kgs. I also lost about 15 Kgs (65-50 kgs for 1.60m) in 1 year in Europe, and I would like to know what may cause it. my back really hurts, I try to be as healthy as possible, I'm turning vegan, I've stopped everything but dairy and, because it's everywhere and I don't have time to cook for myself every day. I also have problems at school, it's too hard to study, I always feel tired, and I've got problems with family, they want me to keep on studying things I don't like. How could you help me ? Thanks a lot and keep on doing your job, it's great!

    A:

    Back problems also have an emotional cause. Are you bending over backwards for somebody or something? Do you feel that your back is against the wall in some regard or matter? Turning vegan is a good idea and should really improve your health. Have you read our article "DANGEROUS DAIRY" Now as far as your family wanting you to do things you don't want to do, you need to follow your heart and do you. Always be true to yourself. It's the only way magic can happen or occur.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have white spots over 40 percent on my body and some very dry scaly dark spots on parts of my body. I read some place in one of your articles that with these specific herbs regardless of the skin disorder these herbs will help to reverse the disorder regardless of skin condition. Second I don’t have health insurance so I’m looking to you for help. Please help me. I don’t trust doctors. You go see a doctor for one issue and he prescribes a drug, next thing you know your back with five new problems and more drugs. So is there a combination of herbs for optimum health and well being? Something that will produce excellent health preventing any invader of any kind harming me. Protecting every important organ for optimum health and well being (i.e. colon, heart, lungs, liver). I just want to be 100 percent straight with excellent health

    A:

    Detox (FULL BODY DETOX) and then perform the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE. these kits should reboot your system.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I'm a 53 year old African Male. I have changed my diet recently eliminating meat (fish not included). Consequently I feel sluggish and in need of energy. What recommendation will remedy? Also what is the difference between a "Full body Cleanse vs. the Male Cleanse product? Are they comparable? Finally, Will the anit viral product work for body fungi i.e., jock itch? Thank You for your response.

    A:

    The difference between the Full Body Cleanse and the Male Cleanse is the Male Cleanse primarily helps to detoxify the men's sexual reproductive system, while the Full Body Cleanse intends to purify and strength all eliminative channels in the body.

    For energy, please try Energy Formula.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Hey wassup Dherbs.com, I got a question about when people try to say they clean the meat with vinegar and citruses before they cook it. What does "cleaning" the meat have to do with the pesticides, worms, and other harmful things added to the meat? I read from your articles that the worms have a shell that forms in very high temperatures so it doesn't kill them.

    A:

    You can't clean meat, Beloved. Period! Folks are doing something just to be doing something! All meat is corrupted and toxic! Period!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I want to stop eating meat but I don?t know what type of tofu I should start eating I'm so use to eating meat...should I substitute meat and start eating tofu.is Tofu bad or good.

    A:

    Check out our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle manual ($11) and look under MEAT ALTERNATIVES! There are many tofu brands that are safe and beneficial.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have progressive FSGS (renal disease) my creatine is currently 3.03 and I am spilling approx 630 mil of protein in a 24 hr period. I was diagnosed with this disease at the age of 12. I have truly blessed to not be in dialysis all this time, but I do not want to live with this disease I want to be delivered from it. The Lord already revealed to me in a vision that I would be free from it once I eliminate meat from my diet. Please help me to rid my body of the "need" it feels for meat so that I can be cured. I know a detox can do it; I just need to know which one.

    A:

    You can heal, beloved! Start first with the FULL BODY DETOX and then next perform the PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN . To help with your mental willpower in the healing process, I also suggest MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL e-book.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I've adopted many of the suggestions that you offer through your extremely informative articles, Sir, especially those regarding the consumption of meat and the key role that minerals play with respect to amino acids. I was wondering about your thoughts on the the "miracle mineral" chlorine dioxide ion?

    A:

    If the product is derived from plants it's good. This is the key! If a thing is plant-derived, it is okay to consume. Chlorine Dioxide is not one of the 102 minerals. Man made this so beware!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have been diagnosed with neutropenia and been seeing a hematologist for the last 6 years. He wants to avoid doing a bone marrow biopsy on me if he can. I am also anemic and received a iron infusion about a year ago. I go weekly for a CBC count and Monday I was told that my iron count is low again. The lowest my white blood count has been is in the 700's. I am Afro-American and I know that it's common for our white blood count to run low. I rarely eat red meat. I was a vegetarian until I got pregnant with my son he is now 2 1/2 yrs old. I eat red meat about once a month now. Is there anything that I can take to build up my white blood cells count?

    A: Check out our Blood & Lymphatic Formula to cleanse your blood, and Vitamin C to build up the white blood cell count.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: We here in Africa also need you. We are adopting the western lifestyle at a rate that scares me. The number 1 killer in Kenya amongst young people is no longer Aids, but lifestyle diseases cancers, diabetes etc. I do appreciate your'e article on AIDS. My next question is I came across Cayeen powder today heard of it? I want to start adding it to my raw salads

    A:

    Cayenne powder is an excellent herb, great for the blood and circulation. There are a few versions of it as far as heating units are concerned, i.e. 40,000 H.U., 80,000 H.U., 120,000 H.U. and the hottest is called African Bird Pepper.