Could flexitarianism bear fruits for the planet?

Feb 06, 2019, 7:29 AM EST
(Source: Marco Verch/flickr)
(Source: Marco Verch/flickr)

Recently, a report advocated a “planetary health diet” for a hungry, warming world. It stressed on drastically cutting back our meat consumption and switching to nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, in different proportions across different geographical regions, to reduce our carbon footprint and save the planet.

The growing calls to virtually give up meat consumption has led to a “paradoxical situation,” whereby the number of vegetarians is going up but at the same time, meat consumption is also on the rise as population grows and meat consumers eat more of it, writes The Guardian.

The hardline approach of vegetarianism focuses heavily on personal consumption and is too “puritanical” and hence needs a shift to flexitarianism -a dietary system based on plants but allowing meat intake as well.

Flexitarianism doesn’t involve a “strict sacrifice” and combines the best of both worlds, meaning it’s easy to follow, notes Metro. Instead of morally forcing the individuals to give up their dietary habits, the emphasis should be on letting them make moral choices in the interest of the planet.