Changing your diet from a focus on animal-based products to plant-based products can change the world. Animal agriculture utilizes precious water resources, releases climate altering greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, threatens endangered species, and reduces the planet’s ability to sequester carbon by destroying diverse ecosystems. Additionally, adopting a plant-based diet will reduce your individual carbon footprint and animal suffering.
Animal production—while posing a threat to the planet as a primary contributor to deforestation, the loss of biodiversity, and climate change—is also responsible for the decline in human health. The eating of animal products contributes to some of humankind’s more deadly chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
Awareness of these harms, and the connectivity between what we eat and how it impacts the planet, is growing and many are reconsidering their meat consumption.
Remember that reducing your impact on animals and the environment is not an ‘all or nothing’ proposition. The goal? Reduce the amount of animal products in your diet for a healthier and more humane planet.
OPS is working with partners to promote and encourage the transition towards a plant-rich and plant-based diet. With campaign collaborators, OPS launched its Fish Free Friday campaign to encourage the consumption of plant-based seafood as a way to reduce threats posed by global commercial fisheries.
What you can do!
Sign the OPS Veg Pledge to begin the journey towards a more humane and sustainable planet—and a healthier ‘you’. There are lots of reasons to adopt a plant-based diet: for personal health, the environment, and animal welfare.