Ignorance really is bliss, particularly when it comes to lifestyle choices. With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently saying that limiting global warming to a sustainable level will require “far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, I thought it necessary to find out how my food choices affect the health of the planet. Filmmaker Michal Siewierski’s documentary Food Choices seemed like a good place to start. Until I watched it, that is. As someone who eats healthily, exercises regularly and recycles, even I was a little crestfallen by the facts. While none of this is new information, somehow being confronted with it in a neatly packaged Netflix documentary left nowhere to hide. The newsflash is this: eating a diet that is high in animal protein, including chicken, dairy and fish, is really bad for the planet. Incidentally, it is also bad for your health, as documented in The China Study, the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever underta...

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