The overwhelming health benefits of a reducetarian diet have been emphasized by researchers around the globe time and time again. These findings — when viewed in combination with the added bonus of slowing global warming and other environmentally detrimental processes — are already convincing arguments for making the switch to a less carnivorous diet. However, there may be even more data supporting the reducetarian cause that affects another unexplored area of day-to-day life.
Recent research conducted at Oxford University and published by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has revealed that the benefits of lowering meat consumption exceeds the realms of health and the environment. Their findings show that “the monetized value of health improvements [that occur due to a less meat intensive diet] could be comparable with, and possibly larger than, the environmental benefits of the avoided damages from climate change.”
This is particularly newsworthy, as the positive economic impact of a reducetarian diet has not been extensively explored recently. The researchers estimated that anywhere from $1 trillion to $31 trillion could be saved by 2050 if increased vegetable consumption became a worldwide trend.
Reports such as these only further contribute to the growing list of reasons supporting a global switch towards reducetarianism.
Written by Paris Martineau