Meatless diet is better for our health, planet


We are in a time when Americans will try just about anything to fight obesity and heart disease, but what if I told you there is a way to do this and combat global warming?

There is a much cheaper and healthier option of eliminating your contribution to global warming than buying a hybrid car or buying energy star appliances and light bulbs of emitting green house gases – go vegetarian.

According to a report issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the factory farming of animals in the food industry generates at least 18 percent more greenhouse gases than transportation.

“I would go meatless to save the environment and harmless animals,” said Tanesha Bryan, a senior history student from St. Petersburg, Fla. “I can see the negative impact excessive meat eating has on people. The steroids and chemicals that are injected into animals is making us sick.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans have been consuming less meat. However, I think there is more our country should do for the environment and for our health.

Chloe Clay, a junior health care management student from Miami, considers herself as a flexitarian.

“I eat mostly vegetarian, but I enjoy meat every now and then,” Clay said. “I just want to promote the health of the environment.”

More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many studies showcase that plant-based diets fight obesity and related illnesses that come along with being overweight.

I haven’t eaten meat in more than five years, and I feel great knowing that I am saving the environment and nourishing my body with the most nutrient-dense foods that the earth has to offer.

The health of our society is on our shoulders. It’s time for us to embrace that responsibility and become trailblazers for future generations.