Our books and news highlight the benefits of eating green because the alternatives are simply unsustainable.
"Food is the only sector that is a two-fer when it comes to reversing global warming. by changing the way we eat and grow food you can lower emissions and capture carbon."
– Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown
"Meat consumption is a major driver of climate change, the extinction crisis and many other environmental problems."
– Center for Biological Diversity
"Immediate and substantial reductions in wasted food and meat and dairy intake, particularly ruminant meat (e.g., beef and lamb), are imperative to mitigating catastrophic climate change."
– Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
"The global food system, from fertilizer manufacture to food storage and packaging, is responsible for up to one-third of all human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions..."
"...an estimated 20–35% of grazing lands globally suffer from some form of degradation."
"By changing our food system we can change the world."
-Gene Bauer, Founder, Farm Sanctuary
"If everyone in the US ate no meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles, or taking 7.6 million cars off the road."
– Environmental Working Group
"Not eating meat just one day per week cuts greenhouse gas emissions more than buying local food 100% of the time."
– Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
"A plant-based diet may be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change."
"Reducing animal products in the human diet offers the potential to save water resources, up to the amount currently required to feed 1.8 billion additional people globally."
– Environmental Research Letters: Volume 9, Number 7
"When people picture threats to the environment they tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the greatest dangers to the planet."
-Dr. Jonathan Foley, California Academy of Sciences
"The livestock population of the U.S. is fed enough grain and soybeans each year to feed the entire human population five times over."
– WorldWatch Institute
"Globally, the agricultural sector consumes about 70% of the planet's accessible freshwater–more than twice that of industry (23%), and dwarfing municipal use (8%)."
– World Wildlife Foundation Global
"Agriculture is an avenue to so many solutions. We can store more water. Restore biodiversity. Capture more carbon. All we have to do is make a few modest changes."
Tim LaSalle, Cofounder, Regenerative Agriculture Initiative, Chico State
"Imagine if we had a food system that actually produced wholesome food. Imagine if it produced that food in a way that restored the land. Imagine if we could eat every meal knowing these few simple things: What it is we’re eating. Where it came from. How it found its way to our table. And what it really cost. If that was the reality, then every meal would have the potential to be a perfect meal. We would not need to go hunting for our connection to our food and the web of life that produces it. We would no longer need any reminding that we eat by the grace of nature, not industry, and that what we’re eating is never anything more or less than the body of the world. I don’t want to have to forage every meal. Most people don’t want to learn to garden or hunt. But we can change the way we make and get our food so that it becomes food again—something that feeds our bodies and our souls. Imagine it: Every meal would connect us to the joy of living and the wonder of nature. Every meal would be like saying grace."
- Michael Pollan
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals