As the global population grows from the current seven billion all the way up to a predicted nine by 2050, the future of food security is becoming increasingly uncertain, and largely our current environmental crisis is to blame. The ironic part in all of this is that one of the largest drivers of environmental destruction is our food system. How? You might be wondering. Well, consider this: the global livestock system currently covers around 45 percent of land, uses 23 percent of available freshwater resources, and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector. Not to mention this industry is also to blame for rampant deforestation, air pollution, water pollution – and interestingly enough, despite all the resources being put into industrial animal agriculture, nearly one billion people still go to bed hungry every night.
Looking at these stats, it seems that we are in serious need of food system reform if we hope to feed nine billion people in the near future. This is a reality that Nil Zacharias, co-founder of One Green Planet, has grappled with for years – but unlike others who are more prone to shrug off this problem or concede to “the government” or larger power to deal with it, Nil believes the solution can be found in our own two hands. Or rather, it can be found on our plates, three times a day, in the form of plant-based foods.
It is this idea that led Nil to co-found One Green Planet back in 2013 and has persisted as his primary mission in crafting the editorial purpose of the site, which has grown to reach six million readers in the past three years alone. Nil recently gave an interview for the PlantPure Summit, a 10-day online series aimed at shedding light on how the plant-based lifestyle is improving human health, the state of the environment, and the future of our planet, speaking on this topic. The PlantPure Summit also features other notable speakers including best-selling author Kathy Freston, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard, vegan cheese connoisseur Miyoko Schinner, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Michael Greger.
In his interview with PlantPure, Nil goes into rare detail about how his thinking on eating plant-based as a solution for the environment developed into the #EatForThePlanet campaign, led to the creation of the Food Monster vegan recipe app, and the Future of Food project which focuses on empowering the burgeoning market of innovative vegan food startups.
Watch this interview if you want to learn more about the far-reaching impact of your food choices on the planet and people and be inspired to join a movement that’s shaping the future of food! You can watch the entire interview for free online until the end of the PlantPure Summit (Sunday, September 19th).
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