Why Obesity harms the planet! And a dairy free banana ice cream!
An obesity calamity is tumbling down over the Western world and even developed nations such as China. Obesity among children in five cities of India due to the fast food craze is alarming doctors.
Fat is an ethical issue in two ways: every calorie we consume that our bodies don’t need is energy wasted and food wasted. Greater demand for wheat and dairy products such as cheese is increasing, prices are rising, so the lesser we eat, the more there will be to share.
Obesity also causes heart attacks, diabetes, cancer etc. which hurt the world’s resources as we seek cures and fill up hospitals.
The whole world needs to cut back on meat and dairy products.
Consider this: Nutrition and Meat
- Your daily protein requirements can be met with a bowl of lentil soup, two slices of wholewheat bread, a handful of nuts, a portion of peas, other grains and green vegetables.
- Plant protein is as good and healthy as meat or dairy protein. It gives us other healthy nutrients.
- But a high red and processed meat intake can take us closer to problems like osteoporosis and cancer. Vegetarians live longer and are less likely to become fat!
Friends of the Earth calculates that if world demand keeps rising, we will soon need two more planet Earths to grow enough animal feed. Livestock currently accounts for 70 per cent of agricultural land use and one third of the Earth’s land surface!
Eat less meat to begin with, particularly beef, dairy, less chicken and fewer eggs, and eat more pulses, nuts, seeds, fish. Even vegetarians need to cut down on dairy products.
Try this Dairy-free Banana Ice Cream from Living Without Cruelty
3 teaspoons agar-agar
150 ml hot water
225 g tofu
150 ml soya milk
3 tablespoons apple juice
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
two ripe bananas peeled.
Put the agar-agar and hot water in a blender and whiz until dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, creamy and thick. Turn the ice cream mixture into a freezer container and place in the freezer. After two hours remove it from the freezer and whisk to break up the ice crystals. Return it to the freezer. It will be ready to eat after another hour.