Is Going Plant-Primarily based the Solely Method to Eat Extra Sustainably? An Knowledgeable Weighs In

If consuming sustainably conjures up photos of plant-based meals in your thoughts, that checks out. The environmental results of consuming plant-based (or not) are a scorching subject, however what if going plant-based isn’t possible for you? What for those who merely aren’t occupied with fully giving up meat or dairy?

On the most recent episode of Have to Know, host Sophia Bush sat down with meals author Alicia Kennedy to debate sustainable meals decisions—and, naturally, a plant-based food regimen got here up.

“The most important influence could be in shifting towards a plant-based food regimen,” Kennedy says, when Bush requested her for tangible modifications that particular person folks could make (somewhat than these made by huge firms or the federal government). “That doesn’t imply by no means consuming meat, by no means consuming dairy—it means making it a a lot smaller portion of what one eats every single day, over the course of every week, over the course of a month, and years. And that basically provides up.”

TL;DR: Going plant-based is a superb particular person step for residing extra sustainably, nevertheless it doesn’t should be all or nothing. Neither is it the one meals alternative that may assist the planet (Kennedy shares loads extra within the video, FYI).

And identical to there isn’t one meals alternative that mechanically earns you a spot in Mom Earth’s good graces, the meals world isn’t the one business that should do its half (clearly). One other huge sustainability issue is the automotive you drive.

The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, for instance, is a zero-emission automotive that leans into sustainability with out sacrificing on perform or type. Simply think about driving it to your native farmer’s market to load up on plant-based substances—win, win, win.

Prepared to begin consuming sustainably? Watch the video above for extra ideas.