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Virtual Earth Month – Replace Meat & Dairy

April 28, 2020

#replace: Did you know that the meat- and dairy-centric Western diet contributes to about 1/5 of global emissions? One way we can help reduce these emissions, and also live a healthier lifestyle, is by transitioning to plant-rich diets—Project Drawdown’s  number 3 solution to global warming. Whether you chose to fully commit to a vegan or vegetarian diet or simply cut back on your meat and dairy consumption, these changes can have substantial positive impacts on the environment!

This #virtualearthmonth, we encourage you to #replace or #reduce these items to create a plant-based diet that works for you:

1. Start slow by incorporating a few plant-based meals into your weekly routine or having designated plant-based mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Learn some tips and recipes for a plant-based breakfast from Emory University Hospital Executive Chef, Mike Bacha: http://ow.ly/Ouil50zqEUR

2. Create a healthy food environment by planning ahead, cooking more meals from scratch, and stocking your pantry with plant-based alternatives, such as beans, lentils, and vegetables to #replace the meat in your favorite dishes. Check out these cooking techniques and tips from Emory’s food service provider, Bon Appetit: http://ow.ly/SnN650zqEUM

3. Always remember to focus on the positive—there’s power in small change! Find some positive motivation from Dr. Sharon Bergquist of Emory Healthcare: http://ow.ly/RwZ650zqEUP

4. Interested in how a plant-based diet could reduce your carbon footprint? Check out this climate change food calculator: http://ow.ly/ydNe50zqEUS

Comment and share how you’ve been able to #reduce or #replace meat and dairy to create more plant-based diets during #virtualearthmonth! #earthdayeveryday