Olympic silver medalist Dan Bibby says he adopted a plant-based diet after discovering the environmental impact of meat.
In a recent interview, the rugby player says he ditched animal products more than three years ago after becoming a Father.
He says being a parent made him ask: “Am I giving them the best chance for their future?”
Bibby also says he’s tried to educate his fellow players on why they should reduce their meat consumption.
‘I was leaner but just as strong’
Speaking to the Telegraph, Bibby said: “Having one less steak a week won’t affect your performance…
“I think people were a little bit worried that if they didn’t get enough protein, it would affect their performance…
“I stopped eating meat and I was in the exact same shape – I was leaner but I was just as strong. It didn’t impact my strength in the gym or my speed on the pitch. Or, my ability to recover.”
Environmental impact of meat
The meat industry regularly comes under fire due to its environmental impact.
Animal agriculture accounts for at least 87 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report by a vegan organization.
There are ongoing conflicting views on this data. In particular, its figures are 66 percent higher than the widely accepted United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) standpoint that animal agriculture is only responsible for 14.5 percent of GHGs.
*Updated September 9, 2021 at 11:21am BST*
This article was updated to include the FAO report on greenhouse gas emissions that builds on the debate surrounding the extent of animal agriculture’s footprint.