December 2015

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December 2015

Tozie Zokufa  - Guest Columnist

Going green this festive season

With South Africa experiencing its worst drought since 1992, Tozie Zokufa gives readers some tips on how to put the 

‘green’ into ‘Festive’.

The festive season is upon us and it is time to relax, enjoy good food and good company with family and friends. However with the current drought we’re experiencing, is it possible to have a Green Festive Season? 

The answer is a resounding, YES!

 

Green Festive is an easy, flexible and a fun way to make a positive difference one green meal at a time for the sake of sustainability and future generations. Cutting down on meat, eggs, and dairy can mitigate our environmental impact, whilst also safeguarding our health. Studies have found that those who eat plant-based diets tend to have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Adopting a Green Festive also helps animals. More than 1 billion land animals were raised for food in South Africa in 2013 alone.  More than 95 percent of egg-laying hens and more than 50 percent of pregnant sows spend nearly their entire lives in cages or crates, where they are unable to exercise, fully extend their limbs, or engage in many other important natural behaviours.

 

A Green Festive will also address some of the world’s most serious environmental problems. The animal agriculture sector makes up 29 percent of global water requirements. An average of 4015 litres of water is required

to produce 250g of red meat. By 2023, it is projected that 33 percent of the world’s population

will live in areas of absolute water scarcity, including South Africa.

 

So let’s all do our bit and raise a toast to a Green Festive 2015!

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