Here is the full transcript of Dr. Joanne Kong’s TEDx Talk: The Power of Plant-Based Eating at TEDxUniversityOfRichmond conference. This event took place on October 19, 2016.
Listen to the MP3 Audio: The Power of Plant-Based Eating by Dr. Joanne Kong at TEDxUniversityOfRichmond
Dr. Joanne Kong: Good evening. What if I told you that we can change the world through our food choices?
I challenge you in the next 12 minutes to open your minds and your hearts to the power of plant-based eating, and the fact that animal agriculture, the raising of animals for food, has grown to become one of the most damaging industries on our planet.
But I want to make clear that my intent is not to be judgmental, but instead, to increase your awareness and give you important information which you may not know. Going greener with your diet could be one of the most powerful and transformative decisions you’ll ever make in your life, for three significant reasons: It has tremendous benefits for your health. It’s critical to the sustainability of our planet. And it will widen your circle of compassion.
We’ve all heard the saying: “You are what you eat.” The number one cause of death in our country, you guessed it, it’s our diet. Our standard American diet, also known as “SAD,” has put our country at the top of the list in the world for obesity, which increases the risk for serious health problems.
Overwhelming scientific evidence links the consumption of meat and meat products to numerous diseases. Health costs related to meat consumption in our country have skyrocketed to a staggering 50 billion dollars every single year, and the World Health Organization now places red and processed meat at the same danger level as cigarettes and asbestos.