New Study Shows that Reduced Consumption of Meat is Advantageous

A paper published in the journal Science of The Total Environment carried out by the University of Bonn (Germany) looked at the impact of the food and drink we consume on the optimal health of both the human body and the environment.

Each year the average EU citizen will consume 950 kg of food, which is equivalent to the weight of a small car.

What we eat impacts animal welfare and our overall health. 

The researchers looked at three diets, discovering that the results were not as clear-cut as one might expect.

Vegan food requires more water to produce, and additional supplementation with B12 and vitamin D are required.

The Mediterranean diet increased water requirements and had negative effects on animal welfare, as more fish need to die to account for the reduction in red meat.  


“It’d therefore be beneficial to meet less of your overall protein needs from animal sources,”

co-author Neus Escobar emphasizes.

“In addition, many people today have diets that are significantly too rich. If they reduced the amount of food they ate, to what they really need, it might have additional positive effects.”

Concluding that replacing meat with whole grains, fruit, legumes and vegetables more often will have beneficial effects on both your overall health and the environment.