Plants are rich sources of many nutrients that are important for good health, including unsaturated fats, vitamins (such as folate), minerals (such as potassium), fibre and protein. Believe it or not, eating a plant-based diet has been linked to lower risk of obesity and many chronic diseases.
For example, evidence is convincing for a link between red and processed meat and colorectal cancer. A review of available evidence, known as a meta-analysis, showed that colorectal cancer risk was 14% higher for every 100g of red and processed meat (about a large beef steak) eaten per day.
Evidence also points towards higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes with higher processed meat intake.
Eating plants is simply a far more efficient use of the planet’s stretched resources than feeding the plants to animals and then eating them. The global livestock herd and the grain it consumes takes up 83% of global farmland, but produces just 18% of food calories.
All you need to do is start looking at the facts. For instance, according to Joseph Poore at Oxford University, if all the world’s pasture lands were returned to natural vegetation, it would remove greenhouse gases equivalent to about 8 bn tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere. That’s about 15% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions! And these are just a few statistics of many that we are happy to share with anyone who would like to listen.
Also, these facts don’t just apply to humans. Recent studies show that dogs have an increased ability to obtain nutrients from grains and other plants. Current grain-free diet trends are about selling pet food, not about pet health, and can lead to less sustainable diets. This does not mean that we will not feed the dogs in the dog day care centre the diet that their parents are currently feeding them. But we will be ready and willing to explain the impact on the environment and on your dog’s health that a plant-based diet will have. We will even provide you with nutritious recipes and will be selling yummy plant-based treats for your little ones.
To put it simply, we cannot wait to show the community how delicious plant-based food and drink really is and how beneficial it is for everyone in so many ways.