Make A Difference in Your Health and for the Earth

Make A Difference in Your Health and for the Earth

by | Apr 22, 2022 | Foodie Friday, Patient Education

The theme for Earth Day 2022 is Invest in Our Planet.  There are things people with kidney disease can do to take action!

Did you know animal agriculture contributes to 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions?!  According to the Journal of Science, livestock provides just 18% of calories worldwide and takes up 83% of the farmland. For this reason some people have decided to adopt a plant-based, meatless diet.  According to the National Kidney Foundation, eating more plant-based foods such as vegetables and grains in place of animal-based foods such as red meat may help prevent and slow the progression of chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Here are some food blogs that offer meatless recipe ideas. Check with your doctor or dietician to see if these recipes and a plant-based diet would right for you.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, a third of food produced is lost or wasted each year. Food waste can contribute to land-fills filling up and greenhouse gas emissions. Here is a list of things we can all do to make a difference:

  • Reduce food waste
  • Buy local food
  • Buy straight from the farm or farmer’s market
  • Buy organic to support organic farming & reduce pesticide usage
  • Reduce meat consumption to lower carbon emission from livestock farming
  • Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden
  • Reuse water bottles, coffee mugs and plastic bags
  • Pack your own lunch in a reusable bag
  • Bring reusable bags when you shop

Sources:
Davita.com
Earthday.org
National Kidney Foundation

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