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Alexandra Vietti

Sustainability of Meat-based and Plant-based Diets and the Environment

At present, the US livestock population consumes more than 7 times as much grain as is consumed directly by the entire American population. The amount of grains fed to US livestock is sufficient to feed about 840 million people who follow a plant-based diet.

Cost of Food / Published November 28, 2014 by Alexandra Vietti

Alexandra Vietti

Cost of Food

Alexandra Vietti

The Art of Grocery Shopping on a Food Stamp Budget: Factors Influencing the Food Choices of Low-income Women as They Try to Make Ends Meet

"Efforts to improve food budgeting skills, increase nutritional knowledge, and develop meal preparation strategies involving less meat and more fruits and vegetables, could be valuable in helping low-income families nutritionally make the best use of their food dollars."

Food Insecurity Is Decreased by Adopting a Plant-Based, Olive Oil Diet / Published November 16, 2014 by Alexandra Vietti

Alexandra Vietti

Food Insecurity Is Decreased by Adopting a Plant-Based, Olive Oil Diet

"Approximately 40% of households in the United States with incomes below 130% of the federal poverty line were food insecure in 2009. Food insecurity means that at least some household members cut the size of meals, skip meals, and may even experience hunger because there is not enough money to purchase adequate food. When a family does not have enough money to buy sufficient food, they tend to purchase less expensive food items that are energy dense but low in nutrients. For example, 19% of low-income households do not purchase fruits or vegetables in an average week. In addition, fruit and vegetable purchases do not increase with slight increases in income; however, beef and frozen prepared food purchases do increase.4Meat purchases represent the largest portion of the food budget for a low-income household, with up to 50% of total food costs devoted to meat. Educating food insecure individuals on the preparation of meals that do not contain meat has the potential to extend their limited dollars for groceries. Furthermore, vegetarian meals are healthier than meals made with animal products due to their higher phytonutrient content. Vegetable-based meals may also improve the diet of food insecure individuals and, subsequently, their health. The objectives of this study were to demonstrate (1) that individuals with incomes less than 130% of the federal poverty line will adopt plant-based olive oil meal for at least 3 meals per week after participating in a 6-week nutrition intervention that includes a weekly cooking demonstration; and (2) that the prescribed healthy diet is affordable and, when followed, reduces food insecurity."

Alexandra Vietti

Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States

"Different food groups exhibit a large range in GHG-intensity; on average, red meat is around 150% more GHG-intensive than chicken or fish. Thus, we suggest that dietary shift can be a more effective means of lowering an average household's food-related climate footprint than "buying local."

Shifting less than one day per week's worth of calories from red meat and dairy products to chicken, fish, eggs, or a vegetable-based diet achieves more GHG reduction than buying all locally sourced food."

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