J. Morris Hicks summarizes the work of the top doctors and researchers who have spent decades learning about the incredible health promoting effects of eating a whole food plant-based diet. He then makes the connection that what is good for us is also good for the planet. By the last page of Healthy Eating, Healthy World – a fairly short read – readers can recognize that what they put in their mouth every day goes far beyond their personal health.
If you’re a numbers person or want to know the facts, there’s no shortage here. For example..
– Chicken consumption in the US has gone from 10 pounds per person per year in the 1940s to nearly 60 pounds in the year 2000
– It takes 75 times more water to produce a calorie of beef compared to a potato
– 650 gallons of water is required to produce just a pound of cheddar cheese
As Hicks looks to the future and does the math, an animal rich diet simply isn’t sustainable. To feed just 1 person an animal rich diet (typical Western diet) for 1 year requires 3.25 acres of arable land. To feed 1 person a diet free of animal products requires one-sixth of an acre. The same amount of land can feed 1 person or 20 people. As of 2010, there was 1.15 acres per person on the planet.
There is light at the end of the tunnel as Hicks reports that the number of individuals who identify themselves as a vegetarian or vegan is growing by about 1 million per year. Researchers estimate that when one person eliminates animal products from their diet, an acre of trees is spared every year.
No matter your personal reason for eating plants, Health Eating, Healthy World can equip you with big picture motives to stay on track.