The most sustainable diet for the planet revolves around the story from seed-to-table of each ingredient you eat. A story which is less about what you eat, and more about how what you eat is grown.
In truth, it doesn’t matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or meat-eating. Our entire food system is unsustainable because it exists within the confines of capitalism. An economic system which can only exist through constant consumption of products produced in supremacy over planet and people.
Because of this, there is a narrative in the vegan movement that is incredibly dangerous. Due to the deceptive promotion of products as ‘eco-friendly’, and ‘cruelty-free’, when they often achieve the opposite of what they claim.
For example, a seal like the The Vegan Society‘s sunflower is essentially just a marketing ploy. The majority of the products donning their sunflower are as harmful to the earth and its beings as any other processed food.
No matter which dogma of diet you choose, if the food you consume was not grown in a way that protects the soil, it is false to market that food as ‘sustainable’ or ‘cruelty-free’.
WHY REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE AND FARMING IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ALL DIETS
No matter what diet you eat, the bulk of our current land practices are degenerative. We farm in ways which displace CO2 from the soil (where its presence creates life), forcing its migration into the atmosphere and oceans (where its overpopulation does harm).
Through soil regeneration, achieved with agroecology’s regenerative farming principles we have the opportunity to build healthy top soil. Cultivating nutritious food, protecting the land from flooding and drought, and protecting all life forms above and below ground.
Regenerative farming increases crop productivity, water retention, nutrient uptake, and pest resistance too. While culling the dangerous use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides which cause our planet and its inhabitants harm.
While regeneration does include ethical animal husbandry, there are ‘veganic’ methods mirroring regenerative principals allowing those who wish for plant-only cultivation to create regenerative food systems too. The veganic practice is 7x slower and doesn’t regenerate the biosphere as drastically, it does make the movement more inclusive to strict vegans.
THE REGENERATIVE DIET: #Eat4Climate
If humanity was able to unite under a single food sovereignty movement, we could create a powerful food system. One which moves away from binary arguments about what other humans put inside their bodies and focus on conscious cultivation. Leading all of us to eat in ways which respect plant, animal, human, sea and soil life in tandem.
Kiss The Ground created an #Eat4Climate movement, which consist of helping people find and cultivate regeneratively grown food. They also encourage personal cultivation, contribution to community gardens, or supporting local regenerative farmers. Creating a diet that honours the interdependence of all forms while protecting cultural foods and practices. Uniting in the name of regeneration instead of dividing ourselves on the details