You don’t have to be vegan to help save the planet

By Zahra Hirji

12 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

A plant-based diet is better for your health and the planet. For many, a vegan lifestyle isn't an option. This article explains why cutting down on animal produce can have multiple benefits.

Dietician Dawn Blatner struggled for years with being a vegetarian, suffering the occasional craving for a hot dog at a baseball game or some turkey at Thanksgiving. “I always thought I was just a lazy vegetarian,” she says. “Then I saw the word ‘flexitarian.’”

That was in 2003; Blatner has described herself as a flexitarian ever since. “The idea of waking in the morning with the intention to eat more plants is what a flexitarian is about,” she says. But crucially, there’s “no cutting out food groups.”

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