Better ways found today: Star-studded vegan documentary; Harvard Health on plant-based diets; 1 billion hectares needed

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‘The Game Changers’ makes digital debut

According to a report in the posted September 18, the vegan documentary “The Game Changers” was set to make its online debut last October 1 in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

VegNews added to its report that the film screened in more than 1,000 theaters worldwide.

The report describes “The Game Changers”—narrated by mixed martial arts champion and Special Forces trainer James Wilks—as following “a diverse group of elite athletes that have thrived on a plant-based diet with the aim of dispelling the myth that consumption of animal products is key for athletic performance.”

The film highlights game-changing athletes such as Olympic cyclist Dotsie Bausch, German strongman Patrik Baboumian, and a slew of NFL players.

The film’s impressive list of executive producers include Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, “The Cove” director Louis Psihoyos, martial arts legend Jackie Chan, NBA player Chris Paul, tennis star Novak Djokovic, and world race car champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Harvard Health weighs in on plant-based diets

An article posted November 29, 2018 by Monique Tello, MD, MPH at the Harvard Health Publishing of the Harvard Medical School suggested that going on an overall plant-based diet would be better for the body than eating meat.

The article says: “High-quality research shows that red meats (like beef, lamb, pork) and processed meats (bacon, sausage, deli meats) are metabolized to toxins that cause damage to our blood vessels and other organs. This toxic process has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.”

It goes on to suggest a better alternative to meat: “A better approach is a plant-based diet. This means consuming mostly fruits and vegetables, including beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. A plant-based diet is well associated with a lower risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and death from any cause.”

For those who wonder where they would get their protein if they didn’t eat meat, the article points out: “Protein does not have to mean meat. As a matter of fact, many plant foods are excellent sources of protein. And no, it doesn’t have to be tofu. Think beans, lentils, peas, and edamame! Nuts and nut butters, seeds and seed butter! Whole grains contain a fair amount of protein as well.”

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Eat more plants, fewer animals

1 billion hectares of forests should do it

We know that planting trees–lots of trees–can help stem runaway global climate change. But just how many more trees do we need to prevent global temperature rise

According to an article by Alex Fox in the online magazine Science posted July 4, 2019, “The latest report from the United Nations’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommended adding 1 billion hectares of forests to help limit global warming to 1.5° C by 2050.”

The article goes on to describe the IPCC climate scientists analyzing “nearly 80,000 satellite photographs for current forest coverage. The team then categorized the planet according to 10 soil and climate characteristics. This identified areas that were more or less suitable for different types of forest. After subtracting existing forests and areas dominated by agriculture or cities, they calculated how much of the planet could sprout trees.”

The article explains: “Earth could naturally support 0.9 billion hectares of additional forest—an area the size of the United States—without impinging on existing urban or agricultural lands. Those added trees could sequester 205 gigatons of carbon in the coming decades, roughly five times the amount emitted globally in 2018.”

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Adding 1 billion hectares of forest could help check global warming