Why should you eat more of a plant-based diet? Packing more plant-based foods into your diet may just be the best thing you can do for your health and the environment. A plant-based diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, is a great way to achieve and maintain good health! Those who eat a plant-based diet lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other health conditions. Adding more plant-based foods to your diet can help reduce your carbon footprint, or the amount of greenhouse gases that your diet and other lifestyle choices such as transportation methods and waste output produce. Raising animals for food takes a toll on the environment. And the meat and poultry industries negatively affect the environment in several ways—production facilities require a large amount of natural resources to operate, they increase the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and they can also pollute surrounding ecosystems. According to a 2016 report from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “70 percent of all water pollution in rivers and lakes in the United States is a result of pollution from animal farms.” Join us as we discuss the benefits of transitioning to a plant-based diet, and why you might want to consider it.