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Can a vegan diet help the Environment?

27 March 2019 at 15:31

Can a vegan diet help the Environment?

The environmental impact of meat and dairy consumption has been well-publicised recently, with cattle accounting for considerable amounts of greenhouse gas emissions as well as using significant amounts of water, land and other resources in farming. In fact, the amount of methane produced by just one cow in a year has been estimated to have the equivalent negative effect of burning 1000 litres of petrol  - enough to drive 7,800 miles. Livestock are also said to occupy over 30% of the entire land surface on earth, with huge amounts of Amazon rainforest being cleared to provide land for grazing.


Animal welfare was the number one reason that people signed up for Veganuary (going Vegan for the month of January) in 2019, but environmental concerns also ranking highly. So what are the main environmental issues of animal produce? And are vegan foods all entirely innocent?

Environmental effects of agriculture – some facts

Greenhouse gas emissions

  • Livestock and their by-products account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, over 50% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
  • Emissions for agriculture are projected to increase 80% in the next 30 years
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation industry
  • Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day, and methane has a global warming potential 86 times greater than CO2. This means reducing methane emissions would have a far greater benefit than reducing CO2 emissions

Water

  • While we are all being told to save water, did you know that it takes 2,500 gallons of to produce 1lb of beef? This means just one hamburger uses as much water as showering for 2 months.
  • Another startling fact is that is takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk.
  • Agriculture is responsible for nearly 90% of the entire water consumption in the US – the majority being used to grow animal feed

Land and oceans

  • Livestock covers over a third of the earth’s total land, with up to 5 acres required per cow. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction and habitat destruction
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for destruction of over 90% of Amazon rainforest, with 1-2 acres being cleared every second.
  • The use of seafood and fish as a protein source is unsustainable – it is estimated that for every 1lb of fish caught a further 5lb of sea creatures are netted and removed from the ocean. At this rate, the ocean could be free of fish within the next 30 years.

What about vegan alternatives?

The environmental evidence for following a vegan diet appears strong. However it is still important to remember that some vegan choices will have an environmental impact, and be mindful of this when creating a diet:

SOY MILK production of uses significantly less water and land than dairy milk; however there are environmental consequences of transportation since soybeans do not grow well in UK soils the majority are imported from Brazil and the US. There are also well-documented links between soybean production and deforestation, with large amounts of rainforest being destroyed each year to grow the crop.

ALMOND MILK requires also as much water to produce as dairy milk (900 litres of water per litre of almond milk). Because 80% of the world’s almonds come from California, which has suffered some of the worst droughts in history, almond production is having a major environmental impact. Commercial almond milk can also be high in sugar and surprisingly low in almonds.

IMPORTED FOOD is common on our supermarket shelves – we see pomegranates and mangos from India, blueberries from the US and goji berries from China. According to the Vegan Society, the UK has good growing conditions for many plant proteins including fava beans, peas, and hemp seed. However, less than 20% of agricultural land in the UK is assigned to growing these crops, while we continue to import plant proteins like lentils and chickpeas from across the globe.

QUINOA and AVOCADOS have both received bad press for the problems caused to local communities when demand for these foods surged amongst Western populations. Kenya – one of the world’s largest providers of Avocados - banned export of the fruit in 2017 because the country’s supply had become critically low, while the price for locals soared. In 2013 the price of quinoa (a staple food for those living in the Andes) had trebled in less than a decade, creating great profits for farmers but becoming too expensive for locals.

Conclusion

We can clearly see the huge environmental impact of meat and dairy products, so even if you are not ready to eat an entirely vegan diet you can make a big contribution to the environment by cutting down the amount of animal products you eat and choosing local rather than imported produce. For more information on the issues with agriculture, see: www.cowspiracy.com

If you do decide to try a vegan diet, careful planning and a consultation with a nutrition expert is recommended in order to avoid nutrient deficiencies. You can read more about the nutritional impact of a vegan diet here

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Should you go vegan for health?

27 March 2019 at 14:45

Should you go vegan for health? Veganuary 2019 was the biggest ever, with hundreds of thousands of people officially pledging to eat vegan during January. The number one reason given for ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vegan | Nutrition

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7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting

02 November 2018 at 12:39

7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting Should we stop calorie counting? Yes, yes and yes!! Counting calories is time consuming, can be wildly inaccurate, and is increasingly controversial in the world ... [ read more ]

Tags: Calorie | Nutrition

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5 Foods to Boost Joint Health

02 November 2018 at 12:26

5 Foods to Protect Joints & Boost Joint Health Feeling stiff, slow or sore? Try these five foods to help get things moving again! Oily Fish Containing omega 3 (EPA and DHA) in a ... [ read more ]

Tags: Protect Joints | Nutrition | Boost Joint Health

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Coconut oil - healthy or hype?

08 October 2018 at 15:32

Coconut oil – healthy or hype? Coconut oil has become hugely popular in the last few years, with a whole host of claimed health benefits and some people adding large quantities into their ... [ read more ]

Tags: Coconut Oil | Nutrition | Saturated Fats

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Could you be allergic to wine?

06 September 2018 at 10:25

Could you be allergic to wine? Moderate amounts of red wine have long been thought to be beneficial to health, due to the antioxidant properties plus the ability to relax the blood vessels and ... [ read more ]

Tags: Wine | Allergies | Antioxidant

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Eat Less to Live Longer - The Secret of Longevity

06 September 2018 at 09:57

Eat Less to Live Longer - The Secret of Longevity Research is growing on the benefits of fasting and you may have heard the terms ‘Intermittent Fasting’ or ‘Time Restricted ... [ read more ]

Tags: Fasting | Time Restricted Feeding | Intermittent Fasting

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Gluten intolerance - The problem with modern wheat

26 July 2018 at 12:23

The rise of gluten intolerance The problem with modern wheat... Gluten-free diets were rare in the 80s and 90s but nowadays most of us know at least one person who avoids wheat or gluten.  ... [ read more ]

Tags: Gluen Free | Nutrition | Gluten Intolerance

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Sugar, Sweetie. The Sugar Tax - Is it a sweet thing?

18 April 2018 at 13:24

Sugar, Sweetie The Sugar Tax – is it a sweet thing? The new sugar tax finally arrived in April 2018 – but is it going to benefit health in the way that the Government hope? ... [ read more ]

Tags: Sugar | Sweetners

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Spring Clean your Diet - Now is a great time

04 April 2018 at 11:18

Spring Clean your Diet With winter behind us and Easter treats safely out of the way, now is a great time for a quick spring clean of your diet. If a full detox sounds too challenging, there are ... [ read more ]

Tags: Diet | Nutrition

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The great soy debate - one of the most widely misunderstood foods

28 March 2018 at 15:18

The great soy debate Soy is possibly one of the most widely misunderstood foods around. In the late 80s and early 90s, soy products grew in popularity as a low-fat, high protein alternative to ... [ read more ]

Tags: Soy | High Protein

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Focus on: Chickpeas, Garbanzo Beans or Bengal Gram

28 March 2018 at 15:12

Focus on: Chickpeas Also known as garbanzo beans or Bengal gram, chickpeas were originally cultivated in the Mediterranean and Middle East and are popular in dishes across the world. ... [ read more ]

Tags: Chickpeas | Garbanzo Beans | Bengal Gram | Protein

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Choosing The Best Nutrition Course

23 February 2018 at 11:01

12 Tips On Choosing The Best Nutrition Course This 12 point guide is designed to help you navigate the options, to ensure you choose the best nutrition course for you! With so many different ... [ read more ]

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Understanding Vitamin B12 deficiency

23 February 2018 at 10:23

Understanding Vitamin B12 deficiency Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) helps the body produce healthy red blood cells and is necessary for the correct functioning of the brain and nervous system. ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vitamin B12 | Cobalamin | Deficiency

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New Year diet resolution success!

31 December 2017 at 12:18

New Year diet resolution success! New Year is a time when many of us decide to make improvements to our health and diets. But with most resolutions being broken before the end of January, the ... [ read more ]

Tags: Diet | Nutrition | Resolution

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Christmas calorie countdown

15 December 2017 at 12:36

Christmas calorie countdown   Research by food historian Dr Annie Gray revealed that the average person in wartime Britain consumed 3,500 calories (kcal) on Christmas day - half of ... [ read more ]

Tags: Calories | Diet | Nutritiion

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Nail Nutrition

21 November 2017 at 15:22

Nail Nutrition What are your nails trying to tell you? Good nutrition benefits every part of the body and deficiencies can lead to changes in the skin, hair and nails. The nails are particularly ... [ read more ]

Tags: Nail Nutrition | Deficiencies | Proteins

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To salt or not to salt? Can salt be beneficial to blood pressure?

31 August 2017 at 16:26

To salt or not to salt? Can salt be beneficial to blood pressure? Earlier this year a large, long term study found that a low sodium diet wasn’t beneficial to blood pressure. This goes ... [ read more ]

Tags: Salt | Blood Pressure | Minerals

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The Natural Health Taster Seminar

20 April 2017 at 09:25

The Natural Health Taster Seminar Come and join us for the most amazing 5 days of learning. During this event you will learn about natural healthcare from a truly holistic perspective looking ... [ read more ]

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Arlene Phillips Attends NTAs in a living dress

21 January 2016 at 16:26

Strictly Come Dancing star Arlene Phillips walked the red carpet last night at the National Television Awards wearing a “living” dress decorated with real flowers that are all used for ... [ read more ]

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Eczema: Homeopathic Help for Sore and Itchy Skin

30 July 2015 at 10:28

Eczema is a widespread and unpleasant condition caused by the skin’s overreaction to common substances such as soap, food and dust. The skin reddens, itches, and becomes dry, scaly or bubbly. ... [ read more ]

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Latest findings in homeopathy research to be presented in Rome

28 May 2015 at 09:46

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New Course - Homeopathy First Aid for Pets

05 December 2014 at 13:13

Learn the basics of homeopathic first aid prescribing for pets, animals and farm from the comfort of your own home. Take care of  your pets and animals health when they most need it. Course ... [ read more ]

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Dr Elizabeth Thompson Research and homeopathy research challenges

27 November 2014 at 13:03

NHS Consultant discusses her varied research experience, including testing homeopathy for treatment of hot flushes caused by tamoxifen in breast cancer patients, and her latest work investigating ... [ read more ]

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Treating plants with homeopathy

27 August 2014 at 10:12

Treating plants with homeopathy Julian Jonas was confronted by a problem – his tomatoes had blight. Three days after spraying with a homeopathic remedy, the problem was gone. He says, ... [ read more ]

Tags: Plants | Homeopathy

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Homeopathic healing: The stars who swear by alternative medicine

28 July 2014 at 15:58

Many celebrities and top athletes have a homeopath on speed dial and here some of them share their stories While many don’t believe it even works, more than 10 million ­people in the UK ... [ read more ]

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A Winning Combination - German Football team and Homeopathy

14 July 2014 at 11:01

A Winning Combination – German Football team and Homeopathy A study shows that, not only do most doctors who work for football teams in the top two German football leagues (Bundesliga 1 and ... [ read more ]

Tags: Football | Homeopathy

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Call to update Homeopathy at Wikipedia

09 July 2014 at 13:11

As you may be aware that the Wikipedia information page on Homeopathy does not represent the true definition of the homeopathic system of medicine (Click here for Wiki page)  Rather than ... [ read more ]

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Australian NHMRC homeopathy report

25 June 2014 at 16:51

HRI gives input to consultation on flawed Australian NHMRC homeopathy report June 2014 The Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) welcomes attempts to critically evaluate the evidence base for ... [ read more ]

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The Surprising Story of Charles Darwin and His Homeopathic Doctor

02 June 2014 at 17:15

Darwin's story is but one story in the chapter on “Physicians and Scientists: Coming out of the Medicine Closet.” During Darwin's trip to South America in the mid-1830s, he became very ... [ read more ]

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Validity of homeopathy in the treatment of animal and human diseases

19 May 2014 at 11:16

Video describing the validity of homeopathy in the treatment of animal and human diseases. Documentary by the south German BR television.   Watch the video: ... [ read more ]

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Mesmerised - Homeopath Michelle Shine's Debut Novel

17 April 2014 at 10:40

Homeopath Michelle Shine has written a book called 'Mesmerised'. It is her debut novel, narrated by Dr Paul Gachet - friend and homeopath to the Impressionists. The year is 1863. Paris is imbued ... [ read more ]

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Proof for Homeopathy - Taken from The John Benneth Journal

24 February 2014 at 10:00

Taken from The John Benneth Journal: The first question about homeopathy is this: Can serially agitated high dilutes (SADs), which are the constituent solutions used in homeopathic remedies, be ... [ read more ]

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Homeo Pie - An Entertaining Look at the History of Homeopathy in the US

10 February 2014 at 09:39

Few people know about Homeopathy's long and dramatic history in the United States. This music video will educate and entertain you in under 10 minutes. From Bara Waters: In the early 1990's, as my ... [ read more ]

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Research day: Interpreting the Evidence Base in Homeopathy

18 November 2013 at 09:30

Responding to popular demand, this autumn CPD day offers an opportunity for members to engage with the evidence base in homeopathy, particularly focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of clinical ... [ read more ]

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Homeopathy Awareness Week - BHA Campaign for Celebrity Support

17 June 2013 at 09:34

The British Homeopathic Association has launched a campaign which brings together ten well-known faces in support of today’s launch of Homeopathy Awareness Week, running every year from 14th ... [ read more ]

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Salman Khan: Let's use Video to Reinvent Education

29 April 2013 at 09:50

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula. To watch the video click here ... [ read more ]

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Ex SOH Student is Livestock Adviser of the Year Finalist

15 April 2013 at 10:05

Ex-pupil Christine Lees of HAWL (Homeopathy at Wellie Level) is a registered homeopath and gained agricultural degree from Cirencester Royal Agricultural College. "No-one was helping farmers to ... [ read more ]

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Ken Robinson says Schools Kill Creativity in Children

28 January 2013 at 09:35

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. To watch the TED video click here ... [ read more ]

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