13 Feb '12, 12pm

Never mind the meat — worry about eating enough plants

Never mind the meat — worry about eating enough plants

This post is part of Protein Angst , a series on the environmental and nutritional complexities of high-protein foods. Our goal is to publish a range of perspectives on these very heated topics. Add your feedback and story suggestions here . Most people erroneously think proper nutrition is mainly about vitamins and minerals, but there is a whole other world within the plant kingdom: phytonutrients. Photo: MJM By and large, the most environmentally friendly dietary decision one can make is to eat less animal protein (see deforestation, water pollution , and greenhouse-gas emissions , etc). But for many, the notion of eschewing — or significantly cutting back on — meat, eggs, and dairy brings up nutritional concerns. As I see it, not only are those concerns usually unfounded, they should pale in comparison to the question of getting enough plant-based foods. Let’s begin wit...

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