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Why a Raw Food Diet Is Good for the Planet

Learn why a raw food diet is good for the planet from chef Ron Russell in this Howcast video.

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A raw food diet can actually also be great for the planet. One of the reasons is, animal production for meat is very intensive on resources. As an example, to create one pound of beef takes 5,200 gallons of water. By the same token, to create let's say greens, it only takes about 30 gallons of water. So, we're talking 150 times more water to create one pound of beef, than one pound of greens.

We did a survey on a restaurant. I actually calculated it out, what our restaurant saves in resources compared to a typical restaurant serving animal products. Our little restaurant, which only seats 40 people, actually saved 200,000 pounds of CO2 gas, millions of gallons of water; I think it was 20 million gallons of water. We saved hundreds of pounds of pesticides, because we use organic, and pesticides just don't break down very quickly. And they're a carcinogen, they're toxic. They're a poison, even to us, even though we're only getting small amounts, it's still a toxin and that can build up over the years and create issues.

So, you can really do a lot for the planet by eating raw, by being vegan, and you're going to be a lot healthier. You're going to avoid a lot of heart disease issues. There's studies have been done, that vegans are very unlikely to have heart disease, which is the number one killer in America; lowers the chance of many cancers by eating right. And so, you're going to be healthier, you're going to do the planet a lot of good, and it's just a great way to enjoy your food and do something good for the planet, as well.

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