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Nutrition for People and Planet


Meat heavy diets high in fat, sodium, and cholesterol have an outsized impact on global health, leading to unnecessary death, suffering, and burdensome healthcare costs. In total, non communicable diseases are responsible for 71% of all premature deaths globally, many of which are caused by dietary impacts. Harvard scientists estimate that shifts to plant-based diets could reduce early deaths around the world by a third, or over 13 million people annually. In the United States, 90% of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in annual health care expenditures are spent on treating chronic diseases.


Highlighted below are a few of the connections between leading causes of death and diet and health care costs.

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Alzhiemers is the seventh leading cause of death globally affecting 6.7 million Americans age 65 and older today with estimations showing this number could grow to 13.8 million by 2060. While over $345 billion was spent on long-term care and hospice services for people aged 65 and older in 2023, unpaid caregivers accumulated over 18 billion hours of care to people with Alzheimer's or other dementias in 2022 in America alone. Recent studies have established links between consuming a primarily plant-based diet and a lowered risk of cognitive impairment later in life.

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Plant-based diets have been shown to have incredibly quick and effective beneficial impacts on preventing and reversing cardiovascular diseases. One in every six U.S. healthcare dollars is spent on cardiovascular disease and it is estimated that cardiovascular disease will cost over $1 trillion by 2035.


To learn more about the connections between diet and nutrition with personal health, we recommend The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by Dr. T Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas M. Campbell II. 

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