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And plant-appreciation is booming. While there’s no denying that Americans love their meat—we’re eating roughly three times the world average—an increasing number of Americans are starting to understand the value in having more meatless meals. In fact, a nation-wide poll conducted among 2, 030 adults found that 47 percent of the population eats vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time. Eating more whole, plant-based meals is a step in the right direction towards better health and a more sustainable food system.
In our culture of climbing obesity rates, it should be a wake-up call to remember that one billion people around the world don’t get enough food to eat right now. Yet animal agriculture is more intensive in resources, land usage, and inputs, and produces a higher carbon footprint compared to plant foods—animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the entire transportation sector. According to the Environmental Working Group, shifting towards a plant-centric diet can do Mother Earth some tremendous good.
In recognition of Vegetarian Awareness Month, I (Sharon Palmer) will be sharing delicious recipes, offering the latest tips and research news, featuring plant-powered movers and shakers, reviewing plant-powered restaurants, and hosting some fabulous giveaways all month long! Head over to my Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest boards or her Plant-Powered Blog for a daily dose of veggie love all month long.