Health Professionals’ Roles in Animal Agriculture, Climate Change, and Human Health
This paper discusses the environmental and human health impacts of the global increase in consumption of animal products and intensification of farming practices, and highlights the role that healthcare professionals can play in promoting healthier diets and reversing the trend towards intensive animal agriculture.[Abstract excerpted from original source.]
“What we eat is rapidly becoming an issue of global concern. With food shortages, the rise in chronic disease, and global warming, the impact of our dietary choices seems more relevant today than ever. Globally, a transition is taking place toward greater consumption of foods of animal origin, in lieu of plant-based diets. With this transition comes intensiﬁcation of animal agriculture that in turn is associated with the emergence of zoonotic infectious diseases, environmental degradation, and the epidemics of chronic disease and obesity. Health professionals should be aware of these trends and consider them as they promote healthier and more environmentally-sustainable diets.”
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