What you put on your plate has a large impact on the environment. Research by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and its partners shows that meat and dairy are generally more resource-intensive to produce than plant-based foods, increasing pressure on land, water, and the climate. But, not everyone is ready to give up meat altogether. So, the scorecard shows how you can make small dietary shifts – such as switching from beef to pork, or poultry to beans – that can significantly reduce agricultural resource use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Not only can we make some dietary shifts, but we should also look at the amount of protein we need and consume. The average daily adult protein requirement is 56g for a man and 49g for a woman. Currently, the average US daily protein consumption is 83g.

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Sue Taggart

As a child growing up in Kent “The Garden of England”, I thought that every family grew their own vegetables. I would help my grandfather in the garden and loved pulling potatoes and carrots out of the soil. These early experiences have given me a great appreciation for where our food comes from and a discerning palette for fresh, seasonal produce. As an avid reader, writing and storytelling is a passion that has only deepened over the years together with a growing concern for the health of our oceans and planet. We are facing serious issues with climate change and the clock is ticking…so it’s up to all of us to nurture and protect our home planet.