So it turns out that eating a healthy diet not only helps you keep healthy, but it also keeps out wonderful planet healthy.
Ok, this may not be new information, but we are finding that a lot of people are still in the dark about the relationship between what we eat and the effect it has on the planet.
Eating a greener diet can help save thousands of litres of water per person a year, and help cut carbon emissions by over 50 percent.
Do we have your attention now?
Good, because the truth is if you are serious about reducing your water usage and helping the planet, you have to start with what is on your plate.
You can have all the short showers you want, but if eating one steak is the equivalent of taking 100 baths, you would think twice about it wouldn’t you?
The Joint Research Centre compared an average carnivorous, pescatarian and vegetarian diet and looked at the fresh water consumption for all three diets.
The study looked at diets in France, Germany and the UK.
The results were:
A normal diet reduced around 11 to 35 percent of the fresh water available.
A pescatarian diet reduced around 33 to 55 percent of the fresh water available.
A vegetarian diet reduced around 35 to 55 percent of the fresh water available.
So not only is a healthier plant based diet helping you stay on top of your game, but it also curbing fresh water usage.
The fresh water used in meat consumption is mostly attributed to the grains and feed that have to be grown and then fed to the animals.
On top of this, the methane that is produced by livestock farming is four times as bad as CO2 for our atmosphere and is speeding up global warming.