The interest we cultivate at Eatsperience Madrid for zero-waste cooking and a sustainable lifestyle is not new. To bring more to the digital society we live in, at the beginning of 2021 we created the Sustainable Kitchen Brigade: a series of free online events to bring people closer to sustainability and the environment, using home cooking as a bridge.
SKB: the Sustainable Kitchen Brigade
The meetings take place monthly, last about an hour, and are open to anyone who wants to learn more about how to live in a more respectful way of our planet, and try new delicious and very fast recipes! I say very fast because all the recipes we offer have a running time of 30 minutes!
At each event, a sustainability/environment expert, and a cooking coach, accompany us on a journey that begins with the presentation of a cutting-edge topic regarding sustainability, connected to different aspects of our life and our planet (the oceans, the food industry, substitute materials for plastic, second-hand shopping, etc.). After the presentation and the Q&A, the “tasty” part arrives: cooking all together following the instructions of the cooking coach, who teaches us a dish to prepare in 30 minutes, connected to the topic covered by the sustainability expert. And what do you do at the end? You eat!
Virginia presented: The Planetary Heat Diet – How can we pave the way for a sustainable food system which supplies healthy, nutritious food to an expanding global population?
Let’s dive in and learn more about it!
The Planetary Heat Diet
The Planetary Heat Diet was created following a report published by the EAT-LANCET Commission, which underlines the urgency of drastically reducing the exploitation of the Earth’s resources (it is estimated that nowadays humans use 3 times the available resources), take action to decrease the world poverty rate, start taking better care of our body by feeding ourselves healthier.
Virginia began her presentation by explaining how the CO2 gas cycle works, and its impacts on our planet – such as the increase in the greenhouse effect and the consequent increase in temperature. Then she focused on the increase of the world population and industrial development, indicating when the CO2 emissions of each sector have led to losses in the biodiversity of the Earth in terms of animals, raw materials, and water.
Water and wheat are elements that alone could feed entire communities of human beings, but we allocate them to the food industry. Huge quantities are used for the production of minimal quantities of food: to produce 1 kg of beef, we need more than 15000L of water and 25kg of wheat.
The purpose of the Planetary Health Diet is to change our eating habits and opt for more sustainable choices:
double the consumption of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and legumes (seasonal and local)
reduce the consumption of sugar and meat by at least 50%
The Planetary Health Diet says “reduction” and not “elimination” of animal products, as it is a flexitarian philosophy. A plate in line with the Planetary Health Diet would look like this:
Fruits and vegetables take up 50%
Legumes about 12%
Minimum quantities of dairy products, animal meats, and vegetable oils
For convenience, it is recommended to concentrate on animal products one day a week, to be able to consume a “satisfactory” quantity.
As we saw, the benefits of adopting the Planetary Health Diet are many, to protect our planet, to fight against the exploitation of animals, to redeem large percentages of the world population from the threshold of poverty, and for the health of our bodies.
To name a few specific benefits, if all humans opt for the Planetary Health Diet:
It could prevent over 11 million adult deaths a year (19% of the adult deaths)
It could reduce GHG emissions
It could block the biodiversity loss we’re suffering right now
It’s time to take action
We are grateful to Virginia Cinquemani for having accompanied us in the discovery of the Planetary Health Diet, making us effortlessly understand how much our choices can affect both our and our planet’s health.
→ Are you interested in learning more about the Planetary Health Diet and the delicious recipes in line with the Planetary Health Diet? Watch the video of the Sustainable Kitchen Brigade Muster with Virginia Cinquemani!