conomic and social developments over the past century have coincided with drastic changes to peoples’ lifestyles. Greater availability of both highly processed and animal-based foods has caused a shift away from more traditional eating patterns.
Lifestyle changes have, in turn, lead to unparalleled impacts on Earth’s natural systems. Of the numerous environmental issues that humanity must now address, climate change, which has been deemed this century’s greatest global health threat, is one of the most challenging.
The global food system is a major contributor to climate change, the primary user of fresh water, and a main contributor to both land-use change and biodiversity loss. According to EAT-Lancet (2019): ‘ A radical global transformation is needed.’
Research tells us that plant-based eating patterns protect us against a range of common chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Similarly, plant-based eating patterns are far less impactful on the environment and on the climate than are more traditional Western diets.