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Planetary Diet. WWF spokeswoman about limiting meat in our diet and its impact on the environment

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On a planetary scale, we have never eaten so much meat – said WWF spokeswoman Katarzyna Karpa-Świderek on TVN24. She said that it is worth considering a planetary diet, i.e. limiting the consumption of meat to the amount that our body needs. She explained why meat is sometimes cheaper than many vegetables.

Katarzyna Karpa-Świderek from WWF spoke on Saturday in “Get up and weekend” on TVN24 about the planetary diet. – This is a flexitarian diet, i.e. one in which there is little meat, only as much as our body needs. We in Poland eat meat at least twice as much as our body needs – she said.

She added that “even such a reduction, i.e. a reduction in the amount of meat to about two chops per week, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production by as much as 18 percent.”

– As humanity, we eat a huge amount of meat. Not only is there a lot of us, but this animal production grows every year. We have two crises happening at the same time, which affect the health of the planet, but also directly our health. This is a climate crisis and a biodiversity crisis – said Karpa-Świderek.

She explained that “meat is responsible for taking 40 percent of the planet’s habitable land, 70 percent of which is used for grazing cattle.” – The rest of the land is land to produce food. Of which, again, almost 40 percent is animal feed – she added.

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– We have a situation in which we are taking more land, deforestation, losing rainforests in order to eat meat that we do not need in such quantity and which we also throw away – we emphasize.


“People who don’t eat meat and think about what to eat are just healthier”

Karpa-Świderek noted that “on the scale of the planet, we have never eaten so much meat”. “Most of the meat we eat is industrially farmed meat, which is cheap. It is absolutely amazing that meat is cheaper than many vegetables because it does not take into account the environmental footprint, which is what I said is deforestation, which is water consumption, and animal production accounts for most of the water consumption in general, and food production for 70 percent of the water used for drinking by humans. The suffering of animals is not taken into account, the carbon footprint is not taken into account, and the environmental pollution that is associated with such large-scale industrial farms is not taken into account, she explained.

– If we think about what we eat, and in the end we are what we eat, we will just start eating healthier, we will start to balance the food. People who do not eat meat and think about what to eat are simply healthier, they test themselves more often, check whether they are missing anything, so there are only benefits from it – she added.

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