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Planetary Health Diet

Barbara Philipps - 24/05/2024 - 0 comments


Planetary Health Diet

What we eat has a major impact on our environment. But what does that mean exactly, and how should we deal with it in the future?
The earth’s surface is finite. Currently, our planet is home to around eight billion people, and the number is expected to grow. This poses a major challenge: The earth will not become any larger, and the surface area that can be used to produce the food we eat is limited. As the world’s population rises, the available area of cultivable land per capita will shrink. We all should be aware that what we eat has a considerable influence on how much agricultural land is actually needed.
If everyone in the world ate a plant-based diet, much less arable land would be required per person. A significant amount of land is used to cultivate wheat, soya and corn to feed animals that ultimately end up on our plates. But animal feed is not the only factor, because we also use farmland for other purposes: to grow cotton for jeans, tobacco for cigarettes, and plants for energy.
Another important aspect is how wasteful we are when it comes to food. What do we throw away? How much farmland could be saved if we consumed more sustainably?
If we were to eat a largely or wholly plant-based diet, reconsider what we eat, and use the available food more responsibly, a large part of agricultural land could be used for other purposes. The field next to your house could be turned into a playground for your children or grandchildren. Wildflowers could thrive on it, promoting biodiversity. Or we could just let nature be nature and enjoy the verdant surroundings. Whatever scenario you prefer, they all guarantee one positive effect: a reduction in CO2 emissions.
To answer the question we asked at the beginning: Each and every one of us must take responsibility – for ourselves, for the people around us, and for the planet we all live on.
At Buchinger Wilhelmi we take this responsibility seriously. We are continuously rethinking our approach to food. Our fasting clinic in Überlingen (Germany) has been certified by Demeter and Bioland. We serve only food of the highest quality.
At our fasting clinic in Marbella (Spain) we launched our Amplius Regenerative Food (ARF) project. This is a joint venture with small farmers in the region that follow the principles of organic farming. The goal is a regenerative agricultural process based on the principles of a circular economy. Learn more!

Let’s embrace this responsibility together!