Thursday, May 10, 2012

Reminder: Red Meat

Dean Ornish advocates a vegetarian diet but suggests something as simple as a meatless Monday can help. Even small changes in eating habits by many families could make a huge difference to the numbers of cattle needed to be raised and slaughtered. 

UC San Francisco researcher and vegetarian diet advocate Dr. Dean Ornish said he gleaned a hopeful message from the study ( Red Meat Consumption Increases Risk of Early Death) .

"Something as simple as a meatless Monday can help," he said. "Even small changes can make a difference."

Additionally, Ornish said,

"What's good for you is also good for the planet."

In an editorial that accompanied the study, Ornish wrote that a plant-based diet could help cut annual healthcare costs from chronic diseases in the U.S., which exceed $1 trillion. 
Shrinking the livestock industry could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt the destruction of forests to create pastures, he wrote.

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