(and what we eat)
Protein is a necessary nutrient for us to build and maintain muscle, as well as being part of a balanced meal. However, there is a lot of recent controversy surrounding how we grow and produce our protein.
The most common sources of protein come from animal products, but plant-based protein has definitely grown in popularity, with many people saying we should be completely eliminating animal-based protein because it’s not only killing us, but also the environment.
Let’s be real for a moment – there is LOTS of information out there blaming agriculture for climate change. There is also lots of information saying EVERYONE needs to start eating a plant-based diet in order to save the world.
Here are some things we should know:
- This info is usually one sided. Meaning it hasn’t looked at both sides of the situation before claiming it’s right. The impact of agriculture on the environment is actually quite minimal compared to what most people think. Click here to read more.
- There is lots of research being done about how cattle grazing on natural grasslands is helping to rejuvenate them, as well as the birds and animals who live there. Read more here to find out how.
- In our diets, there is room to include BOTH animal- and plant-based protein, without ruining the environment, or our health for that matter. Both sources of protein complement the nutritional profile of our diets. Including both is also a great way to add diversity to our diets.
All this isn’t to say agriculture doesn’t affect the environment – of course it does! Growing plant-based proteins and producing animal-based protein are BOTH beneficial to the environment. One is not inherently better, or worse, than the other. Let’s remember that.