We all know that eating more veggies is great for your health, wellness, and longevity, but did you know that it might also save other people’s lives?
According to a new study reported on IFLScience.com, if the world were to switch over to the high-veggie, low meat diet as recommended by the WHO, we could avert 5m-8m deaths per year.
Allow us to say it again: 5 to 8 MILLION DEATHS PER YEAR. That’s like saving the lives of every man, woman, and child who lives in Arizona.
Here’s their logic: eating meat doesn’t just affect your body, it affects the earth. Raising livestock is terrible for emissions, and therefore, meat-eaters have a dramatically larger carbon footprint than our vegetarian counter-parts.
And when you magnify that difference across the entire globe, we’re talking about thousands of tons of extra/unneccessary emissions in the air, which cause all types of disease from asthsma to cancer.
And so, in the case of saving lives, the move to vegetarianism isn’t really about increasing the number of veggies in your body, it’s about decreasing the amount of carbon in the air.
Trust us, the people of Arizona will thank you.