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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 ]

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Food for the winter blues

19 December 2018 at 14:01

Food for the winter blues With the cold weather and the short days upon us, many people in the UK struggle with the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at this time of year. But ... [ read more ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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Is your diet making you attractive to mosquitoes?

17 July 2018 at 17:35

Is your diet making you attractive to mosquitoes? Why is it that some people seem to avoid being bitten by the mozzies, while others are covered in bites as soon as they step off the plane? ... [ read more ]

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Reduce hayfever misery through diet

10 May 2018 at 09:41

Reduce hayfever misery through diet Hayfever is a widespread issue, being estimated to affect around 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives. Symptoms often arrive without warning and can cause ... [ read more ]

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Sugar, Sweetie

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 ]

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Spring Clean your Diet

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 ]

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The great soy debate

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 ]

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Probiotics unravelled

28 March 2018 at 14:35

Probiotics unravelled Probiotics are becoming a regular part of life for many people, but with so many different options available it can be tricky to know where to start. Here we unravel some of ... [ read more ]

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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 ]

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Eat away Eczema

02 November 2017 at 10:11

Eat away Eczema Dietary approaches to Eczema Say goodbye to Itchy and scratchy… Eczema refers to a group of inflammatory skin conditions causing red, dry, flaky, itchy or blistery skin. ... [ read more ]

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Eat right to sleep tight

09 October 2017 at 16:02

Eat right to sleep tight Many people have experienced difficulty sleeping after eating a heavy meal or drinking coffee late in the evening, but there are a number of other ways that diet can ... [ read more ]

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Why whole food may be greater than the sum of its parts

21 September 2017 at 16:09

Why whole food may be greater than the sum of its parts Naturopaths have long believed in the health benefits of eating whole, unprocessed foods and a panel of experts has now recognised the ... [ read more ]

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To salt or not to salt?

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 ]

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What is Homeopathy?

23 August 2017 at 09:12

What is homeopathy Did you know homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years? It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second ... [ read more ]

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Eating the Mediterranean way

02 August 2017 at 16:22

Eating the Mediterranean way The Mediterranean diet comes up time and time again in reports as one of the healthiest diets one can follow, with studies finding it beneficial to a whole host of ... [ read more ]

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Flexitarianism: is it for you?

24 July 2017 at 15:50

Flexitarianism: is it for you? Flexitarianism (or ‘flexible vegetarianism’) is becoming increasingly popular as a move towards better health without the commitment of going fully ... [ read more ]

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The Prince will see you now: Charles opens holistic clinic at the stately home he saved for the nation

19 July 2017 at 16:24

The Prince will see you now: Charles opens 'holistic' clinic at the stately home he saved for the nation Prince Charles is creating a state-of-the-art clinic that will offer free ... [ read more ]

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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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Stretching Further Increasing Confidence Gaining Professionalism

27 January 2017 at 12:29

Stretching Further Increasing Confidence Gaining Professionalism As complementary and alternative medicines and yoga continue to enjoy a boom in popularity so does the need to raise standards and ... [ read more ]

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Reversing the clock on biological ageing

05 January 2017 at 10:52

A Cytoplan Practitioner Education Day Saturday 25th February 2017 | 10am – 5pm Riverside Building, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB Is reversing the clock of biological ageing possible? ... [ read more ]

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More NHS homeopathy, not less

21 November 2016 at 14:56

More NHS homeopathy, not less The debate about whether homeopathy should be available on the NHS invariably sees the opposing sides citing numerous research papers in support of their argument. ... [ read more ]

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Ibuprofen link to heart failure

05 October 2016 at 16:06

Over-the-counter painkillers raise risk by almost 20% MILLIONS of Britons taking powerful painkillers could be at risk of heart failure, a major study claims. Research suggests that common ... [ 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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#homeopathyhour on Twitter

04 February 2015 at 15:32

Join in with #Homeopathyhour on Twitter   Hoping you can join us to a (or lots of) session(s) - it's always an enjoyable evening with learning, networking and homeopathy related chat. ... [ read more ]

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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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Homeopathy for Sports Injuries

11 October 2014 at 11:06

Did you know that there is a fast, effective and safe way to relieve the pain of sports and exercise-related injuries?   Fans include Tour de France cyclists, David Beckham, Martina ... [ 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 ]

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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 ]

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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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Farm Homeopathy, What the Farmers Say

02 July 2014 at 10:00

Farm Homeopathy – What the Farmers Say Here’s a fascinating newsletter from Farm Homeopathy. It’s opening paragraph says: “Because there is nothing in it and there is ... [ 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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Does the weight of evidence signal the end of Homeopathy ?

22 April 2014 at 10:28

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently completed a review of the evidence for homeopathy’s effectiveness and, after analysing systematic reviews of clinical trials, ... [ read more ]

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The Truth about the Advertising Standards Authority

26 March 2014 at 13:00

Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill, PHD has called for a Government investigation into the behaviour of the ASA and their stance on the marketing of alternative ... [ read more ]

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Five Homeopathic Remedies for the Treatment of Heartburn, GERD and Acid Reflux

19 March 2014 at 09:00

One of the main remedies for most digestive complaints is Nux Vomica. The individual may complain of stomach pains of all types including burning, bloating, aching, constipation, nausea, belching ... [ read more ]

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In One Year: Homeopathy Could Have Helped

19 February 2014 at 10:30

In his Journal, John Benneth takes a look at the yearly statistics of death and illness in America and ponders how Homeopathy could help. To read the full article please follow this link ... [ 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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Drug Company Penalties are Failing to Curb Illegal Activities

04 February 2014 at 11:45

The system that hands out financial penalties to multinational drug companies for illegal activities is failing to deter companies from repeatedly breaking the law, argued a senior doctor on ... [ read more ]

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Martine McCutcheon regains her health with the help of homeopathy

16 January 2014 at 10:35

Singer and actress Martine McCutcheon flaunts her figure in her most sensuous photo shoot in over a decade in November's HELLO! magazine, as she reveals how she has got her body back to its best ... [ read more ]

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Christmas Survival Kit

18 December 2013 at 12:23

December is the time when Christmas preparations start in earnest – the shopping, the cooking, the decorations and the family gatherings. We all aspire to the ideal of a happy, peaceful, and ... [ read more ]

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New Study finds Ultra-diluted Remedies have Cytotoxic Effects on Breast Cancer Cells

07 October 2013 at 09:40

The use of ultra-diluted natural products in the management of disease and treatment of cancer has generated a lot of interest and controversy. We conducted an in vitro study to determine if ... [ read more ]

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Find a Homeopath Website voted Website of the Week!

23 September 2013 at 09:50

In a recent publication, the Daily Mail voted findahomeopath.org.uk as their website of the week! The article focused on Jo Wood's passion for homeopathy after she was misdiagnosed by a ... [ read more ]

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Jane Gilchrist Shows Support for Homeopathy at the age of 100

02 September 2013 at 10:30

Jane Gilchrist is 100 years old and a passionate supporter of the NHS Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. In this short film she tells how she believes homeopathy has helped her reach ... [ read more ]

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Homeopathic Remedy Offers New Hope to Cancer Sufferers

12 August 2013 at 09:37

One of the most exciting developments in the war on cancer has just been published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, where new research shows that the homeopathic remedy, ... [ read more ]

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Homeopathy Doctors' Hunger Strike

05 August 2013 at 09:40

Homeopathy doctors demanding permission to prescribe allopathic medicines and permanent employment in government hospitals continued their hunger strike at Azad Maidan Saturday. Around 100 doctors ... [ read more ]

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Swiss Government Report Provides Scientific Evidence that Homeopathy is Cost-effective and Safe

19 July 2013 at 15:18

A comprehensive and authoritative research study by Swiss scientists has offered an unambiguous endorsement of the evidence base for homeopathy as a clinically effective system of medicine.* Their ... [ read more ]

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HRI Conference Advances the Science of Homeopathy in Barcelona

01 July 2013 at 09:50

In what was considered by participants to be a landmark event, the Homeopathy Research Institute's first international conference in Barcelona on 31 May - 2 June 2013 proved to be a showcase for ... [ read more ]

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Alternative Therapies Increasingly Popular with Women

07 May 2013 at 09:50

According to a recent article published by PRWeb, more and more women are turning to complementary therapies for their overall health and well-being. A recent study showed that women aged between ... [ read more ]

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Is Stress Giving you Back Ache?

22 April 2013 at 11:24

This article suggests Homeopathic remedies for relieving office workers and those who live a more sedentary lifestyle, from stress-induced back pain. To read the full article please click here ... [ read more ]

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Cancer - The Forbidden Cure

02 April 2013 at 11:45

This film explores the treatment of cancer in several different ways and looks at the history of searching for a cure. To watch the full documentary please select the link below: ... [ read more ]

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Antibiotic-resistant Diseases Pose a Deadly Threat

11 March 2013 at 16:20

Britain's most senior medical adviser Dame Sally Davis has warned MPs that the increase of drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack or ... [ read more ]

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Dr Oz Show Promotes Homeopathic Remedies in US

10 February 2013 at 11:10

The popular American TV show 'Dr Oz' has been promoting Homeopathy and exploring different remedies. In this clip Dr. Oz reveals his favourite homeopathic solution: rescue remedy, a floral ... [ read more ]

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