Sunday August 18, 2019

Being Vegan Good For Environment: Study

The researchers conducted production life cycle environmental impact assessments at the farm level against three environmental indicators - greenhouse gas emissions, cumulative energy demand and land occupation

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The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, also found that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets. Wikimedia Commons
The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, also found that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets. Wikimedia Commons

Are you planning to go vegan very soon? That’s good news for our home planet as a new study claims that a diet high in fruit and vegetables is better for the environment than one rich in animal products.

This is mainly due to the high energy requirements of livestock farming as well as the very large contribution of livestock to greenhouse gas emissions, said the study.

In addition, intensive livestock production is also responsible for significant biodiversity loss due to the conversion of natural habitats to grass and feed crops, the researchers noted.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, also found that organic food provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based diets.

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“We wanted to provide a more comprehensive picture of how different diets impact the environment,” said Louise Seconda, the researcher at the Agence De L’Environnement Et De La Maitrise De L’Energie, an environmental protection organization in France.

"The consumption of organic food added even more environmental benefits for a plant-based diet," Seconda said. Wikimedia Commons
“The consumption of organic food added even more environmental benefits for a plant-based diet,” Seconda said. Wikimedia Commons

“In particular, it is of considerable interest to consider the impacts of both plant-based foods and organic foods,” Seconda added.

For the study, the researchers obtained information on food intake and organic food consumption from more than 34,000 adults.

They used what is called a ‘provegetarian’ score to determine preferences for plant-based or animal-based food products.

The researchers also conducted production life cycle environmental impact assessments at the farm level against three environmental indicators – greenhouse gas emissions, cumulative energy demand and land occupation.

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After combining the consumption and farm production data, the results showed that diet-related environmental impacts were reduced with a plant-based diet — particularly greenhouse gas emissions.

“The consumption of organic food added even more environmental benefits for a plant-based diet,” Seconda said. (IANS)

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Study on Food Products to Validate Low Glycemic Index

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this purpose was signed on Friday at NABI's campus in Mohali near here

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The glycemic index is a relative ranking of carbohydrates in foods, according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Pixabay

The National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here would conduct a six-month study on food products to validate low glycemic index of products and understand its effects.

The glycemic index is a relative ranking of carbohydrates in foods, according to how they affect blood glucose levels.

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The National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here would conduct a six-month study on food products to validate low glycemic index of products and understand its effects. Pixabay

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for this purpose was signed on Friday at NABI’s campus in Mohali near here.

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NABI Executive Director T.R. Sharma said research activities in the institute have direct public health relevance. The study will be funded by Cremica Food Industries Ltd. (IANS)