Doctors Call On US Government To Promote Plant-Based Diet To Fight Climate Crisis 'A dietary shift toward plant foods and away from animal products is vital' - Media Credit: PCRM

‘Beans Not Beef’: Doctors Call On US Government To Promote Plant-Based Diet To Fight Climate Crisis

Swapping beef for beans could help the US reach targeted greenhouse gas emission reductions, according to a group of doctors

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A group of doctors is calling on the US government to promote a plant-based diet to fight the climate crisis

Members from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) demonstrated outside the National Mall last week.

‘Beans Not Beef’

Vanita Rahman, MD, Lee Crosby, RD, LD, and Zeeshan Ali, PhD, led the campaign, which saw experts holding signs stating: “Beans Not Beef.”

The same slogan was also spelled out on the floor, made from bags of beans. All food used in the demonstration was later donated.

According to PCRM, swapping beef for beans could help the US reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It cites a study that says the plant-based swap could account for 46-74 percent of the US’ 2020 reduction goals.

Promote plant-based diets

PCRM recently petitioned the White House to promote plant-based diets in the 2025-2030 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It also requested a ‘strategy to shift subsidies for meat and dairy products to fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans’.

Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD is the director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee. She wrote to the USDA: “While we’re pleased that the Biden administration has already taken initial steps in this important area… The role of dietary contributors to climate change remains neglected.

“A report published in The Lancet in 2019 concluded that a dietary shift toward plant foods and away from animal products is vital for promoting the health of our planet.”

You can read the full letter here

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Giannis Liasis
Giannis Liasis
1 year ago

Thank you for the great article !

Please, when you make claims, give also the link, or at least the title and author of the study because some visitors may want to read them.

For example, I would like to read the paper for the claim “According to PCRM, swapping beef for beans could help the US reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It cites a study that says the plant-based swap could account for 46-74 percent of the US’ 2020 reduction goals. ”

Thank you again for the article

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Giannis Liasis

Thank you so much for your comment! We do link to PCRM in the srticle and you will be able to find the studies via that.

Thank you

Sylvia Woon
Sylvia Woon
1 year ago

AMEN! vegan 8 years and its the best 8 years BY FAR.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Sylvia Woon

Amazing! 🙂

Diane
Diane
1 year ago

Love it!!! ?

cdholz
cdholz
1 year ago

Yes, making snap be smart with increasing focus towards benefits of public funding go towards truly healthy including shifting benefits to only regenerative organic foods, mostly or 100% low processed foods and more local products (csa’s, organic farmers markets).
Given these improvements to / with snap organic funding while stopping direct farm subsidies (except keeping part of crop insurance funding subsidy for non-corporate farms), with these improvements snap would get over its largely going along with unhealthy legacy of industrial ag subsidies see to increase snap funding for more people.
Including going regenerative organic beans, fresh peas, etc, etc regenerative organic soil and nutrition improvements.

cdholz
cdholz
1 year ago

Yes, making snap be smart with increasing focus towards benefits of public funding go towards truly healthy *including* shifting benefits to only regenerative organic foods, mostly or 100% low processed foods and include more local products (csa’s, organic farmers markets).
Given these improvements to / with snap organic / increased benefits funding while stopping direct farm subsidies (except keeping part of crop insurance funding subsidy for non-corporate farms), with these improvements snap would get over its largely going along with unhealthy legacy, as well local, regional / regenerative farmers and farm ecology would see improved income instead of the unhealthy competition from unhealthy government subsidies that frequently bolster unhealthy industrial ag.

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