How much are you really eating?
Meat Based Diets and Plant Based Diets
- In a meat based diet, meat comprises the bulk of the ingested food, and the majority of people in the US follow this diet. Also called an omnivorous diet, it costs more than it's alternative.
- In a plant based diet, organic plant material is used to meet nutritional needs. The most common form of plant based diet is called Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian. This diet requires more food to meet the RDAs, however.
The US uses massive amounts of food and land resource. The production complex uses up:
- 50% of the total land area
- 80% of the fresh water
- 17% of the fossil fuel energy
The plant-based diet, while ironically requiring more food intake, is easily the more sustainable food option. Production of needed items is more efficient, and easiest on the environment due to the comparatively eco-friendly nature of those products. The plant-based diet stays closer to Recommended Daily Allowances, promotes health and deters heart problems, and is the choice if you're being conscious of your health AND your environment.