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The Paleo Diet® February 2021 Digest – The Paleo Diet and the Environment

By The Paleo Diet Team
February 28, 2021
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Dan Meyers/

Global climate change has already had a dramatic impact on the environment – and these effects will only get worse over time if we don’t make substantial changes to our behavior – from the fuels we use, to how we manufacture our products, to the choices we make in our diet.

At The Paleo Diet, we believe sustainability should be an important part of our diet. Grass-fed, free range meat, moving away from monoculture agriculture, and local, organic produce – perhaps even from your own garden – all have smaller environmental footprints than feedlot or factory-raised meats and GMO’s.

Of course, there are still debates over the land and water usage of these farming methods and over the question of whether excluding meat from your diet entirely is best for the environment. As the science on these debates grows, we are committed to provide the most up-to-date and trusted research for our readers – regardless of the answers. While February focused on the environment, one month is not enough time to cover such a complex topic. Consider this the first of many pieces dedicated to climate change and climate change prevention.

We hope you enjoy!

-The Paleo Diet Team

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The Environmental Impact of Our Food

By Chris Case, M.A.

We take a look at the most frequently asked questions regarding the environmental impact of the foods we eat such as how harmful is beef production and can humankind feed itself without grains? A growing question that seems to pervade the science behind all of these frequently asked question is the wisdom of our current monoculture approach to food production.

February's Theme: The Paleo Diet and the Environment

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Agriculture, Greenhouse Gases, and Climate Change

By Bill Manci

The media often focuses on climate change solutions that reduce carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. However, fossil fuels are not the only greenhouse gas emitters. How much would a change in farming and ranching practices impact the devastating effects of climate change? We take a closer look.

Grow Your Own Food with These Five Home Garden Tips

By Courtney Hamilton

No matter where you live, growing your own herbs and veggies not only benefits your health, but it also helps the environment. Here’s how to maximize your outdoor – or even indoor- space to yield an impressive harvest.


A Great Debate of Our Time: Should I Choose Wild or Farmed Fish?

By Bill Manci

Should we buy fish sourced from the wild or from farms—also known as aquaculture? The answer in terms of environmental sustainability and even health may surprise you.

March at The Paleo Diet: Is The Paleo Diet a Plant-Based Diet?

The Paleo Diet is commonly criticized for being a meat-based diet. While the diet promotes daily consumption of animal protein, by volume The Paleo Diet is a plant-based diet. And although it is not recommended for optimal health, many of the principles of The Paleo Diet can be applied to a vegetarian or vegan diets.

We have a lot of respect for people who choose a vegan diet for ethical reasons, but we also believe that neither the science nor the ethnographic data supports a vegan diet as the healthiest diet for us to eat. In fact, higher-protein diets have been shown to be better at promoting weight loss and reducing the risk of heart disease.

In March, we will continue to dispel this myth about The Paleo Diet by defining what to eat, how much to eat, and why. We also explore the idea of plants as superfood.

As always, our team appreciates your support of The Paleo Diet. We look forward to and encourage your feedback on our website and Facebook!


The Paleo Diet Team

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