We are consistently eating food. Every day! And if you’re like me, when you aren’t eating it, you’re thinking about it. From health to culture food plays an important role in how we live our lives. Food also plays an important role in our relationship with the planet. We need food to survive, and we need a healthy planet to continue providing the conditions to grow food. But our current agricultural processes are hurting our ability to grow enough food in the future.
Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and soil health. It is estimated that we have about 60 years of topsoil left for growing crops if we continue to grow crops the way we do now. But why exactly is agriculture associated with all of these negative environmental impacts? Is meat production the main contributor? Do we need to adopt a plant-based diet to live a sustainable lifestyle? With the help of Dr. Carsten Brühl, a Senior Researcher in Community Ecology & Ecotoxicology at the University of Koblenz-Landau, let’s discuss the power of your plate and how a plant-based diet can help solve many issues!