Being Vegan Isn't The Best Option For The Planet, Apparently

Banning meat and other animal products from your diet might not be so eco-friendly after all. However, the preservation of our planet is one of vegan militants' main argument.

The current world-scale meat industry is undoubtedly very polluting, but an American study led by website Quartz has revealed that converting the entire world to veganism isn't a sustainable option. Instead, we should rely on eating a lot of veggies and barely any meat.

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(Photo: StateOfIsrael/Flickr)

Being vegan today isn't bad for the planet, it's quite the opposite. But if the entire world turned to veganism, there wouldn't be enough food to feed everyone correctly.

Researchers have come up with this conclusion after comparing 10 different diets: veganism, vegetarianism and omnivorous diets with various animal protein, grease and sugar daily intakes.

But why? Because eating exclusively veggies requires agriculture to focus on certain fields (no pun intended). Some land is dedicated to livestock, while other is used exclusively for veggies and fruits. Using only veggie crops, a worldwide vegan diet would 'waste' half of the cultivable land.

The idea isn't to become a 100% blood-thirsty meat eater either.

Generally speaking, the average American requires 2.5 hectares to feed himself, which is about two football pitches. If we reduce our intake of meat and we increase veggies', the size of the pitches would significantly decrease .

Researchers believe that the best diet to feed the planet would be to opt for a veggie-based diet but with a minimum of animal products too. On the long term, Vegetarianism (that eat dairies and milk) or flexitarianism (that eat meat only on rare occasions) would be the most Eco-friendly diet on the long term.

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