The most eco-friendly diet is also best for our health
One acre of fertile land can produce:
100,000 pounds of apples
50,000 pounds of tomatoes
40,000 pounds of potatoes
5,000 pounds of wheat
And only 250 pounds of beef 1,2,3
How much water is needed to grow one pound of produce?
49 gallons of water per pound of apples, (which can be reduced even further by using mulch)
60 gallons of water per pound of potato
108 gallons of water per pound of wheat
240 gallons of water per pound of soybeans
2,500 gallons of water per pound of beef 4,5
Production of just ten pounds of beef requires the same amount of water as average household needs for an entire year!
Today people are destroying nature in so many ways, but one of the most damaging activities is undoubtedly modern agriculture. The conventional way of growing grains causes erosion and often converts rich tropical forests into a deserts in just a few years! And after all that destructive production of grains and beans, massive amounts of these products (65% in US) are fed to cattle, which produces stunning amounts of greenhouse gas methane – one of the biggest reasons of recent catastrophic climate changes. People are creating all this damage in nature, only to produce food that creates even more problems for human health.
Every year millions of people suffer from diseases related to consumption of animal products, including all milk products. Osteoporosis, heart attack, stroke, all kinds of cancer, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol (“even low-fat dairy and skinless white-meat chicken raise cholesterol” says Dr. Joel Fuhrman), allergies, infections, parasites, weakness of immune system, even mental illnesses and many, many more are scientifically proved to be connected with consumption of animal products by the biggest diet-related study in our history “The China Study”.
Cooked vegan diet
Even if people eat grains and beans themselves, it is still very damaging to nature, due to the yearly plowing up of the soil, cutting down forests, heavy use of pesticides, genetic engineering, huge amounts of water, land and fuel used for production, destroying diversity of plants and animals and many more. Grains and beans produce much smaller crops per acre then fruit trees and also create lots of health problems in humans. Irritable bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, anemia, osteoporosis, cancer, fatigue, canker sores, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, migraines, epilepsy, autism and many, many other illnesses can be caused by eating gluten containing grains. Most of the soybeans are genetically modified and even if not, they are still creating a lots of health problems, like problems with digestion, thyroid, fertility, hormones, sex drive, digestion and even contribute to certain cancers. Gluten-free grains and other beans are usually consumed after heavy cooking which destroys most of the vitamins and breaks the structure of the minerals, turning this food into a virtually empty calories filled with toxins created during cooking process.
Raw vegan diet
Fruit trees, on the other hand, spread their roots deep into the soil, enriching it with the falling leaves and branches, bringing minerals into the topsoil. Trees are also abundantly enriching atmosphere with oxygen. Provided with mulch, fruit trees need minimal irrigation. We can even grow other produce, like greens, berries and vegetables under the trees, using space even more economically. And besides saving nature, diversity of life and eliminating the cruelty, people can get naturally delicious, nutritious, juicy food with abundant health benefits.
Fruit helps to release body fat, become more energetic, hydrate your body – fruit contains 80% of structured water (not your regular bottled water). Fruit alleviates many digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Soluble and insoluble fiber in fruits makes magic in regulating bowel movements. Fruits also prevent strokes and heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Fruits help to prevent and even heal cancer by providing a wealth of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, pectins, structured water and toxin-free calories. Fruits have unique effects on preventing aging and deterioration of the brain. Eating fruits and vegetables can heal people from almost any kind of degenerative disease by providing nutrition and calories without poisoning the body.
According to Dr. Douglas Graham, “The Standard American Diet requires one hundred times the land of a raw food diet to produce the same amount of food. A vegan diet requires two and a half times as much land as does a raw food diet.”
“We could feed forty people a pound of grain each, or one person a pound of beef,” Graham asserts, “but nutritionists figured out long ago that we can feed 2½ times as many people from an acre of fruit than we can from an acre of grains” (Grain Damage, p. 35).
1 “At half a bin, or 500 pounds per tree and with 200 trees per acre, the calorie value of commercial apple production jumps to 100,000 pounds per acre, or 23.6 million calories per acre. This is nearly 3 times the calorie yield of the most optimistic calorie value for potatoes and almost 6 times the most optimistic calorie value for wheat! Obviously, apples are a good deal for farmers (like me) who want to get the maximum calories per acre, while still maintaining diversity of crops.”
2 (Tom Aldridge and Herb Schlubach, “Water Requirements for Food Production,” Soil and Water, no. 38 (Fall 1978), University of California Cooperative Extension, 13017; Paul and Anne Ehrlich, Population, Resources, Environment (San Francisco: Freemna, 1972), pg. 75-76.
5 Georg Borgstrom, presentation to the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1981, cited in John Robbins, Diet for a New America (Walpole, NH: Stillpoint, 1987), pg. 367.