FFI continues to be a step ahead of other youth programs and our latest programmatic evolution continues this trend. Building on our holistic approach to not only encouraging individuals to improve their health and wellbeing but also that of one’s community and our planet, in 2022, FFI will be primarily serving plant-based meals for our events, on our campuses, and most importantly during our immersion programs for youth.
The reasons for this are many and the science overwhelmingly shows that following a plant-based diet can accomplish the following:
Decrease the prevalence of auto-immune diseases. Studies suggest that a high intake of fruits and vegetables and the elimination of animal products could protect against developing autoimmune conditions
Prevent type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that plant-based diets reduce insulin resistance and improve glycemic control.
Decrease the risk of obesity. Studies suggest that plant-based diets not only allow for significant but help maintain a healthy weight.
Decrease the risk of cancer and stroke. Plants produce certain chemicals that protect cells and offer lots of fiber which both help with preventing cancer.
Reduce carbon footprint. Studies have shown that a dietary shift towards plant foods and away from animal products could reduce mortality by 10% and greenhouse gases by 70% by the year 2050.
Reduce our water intake. We could reduce our water intake by 50%.
Save our oceans. Both overfishing and the runoff of agricultural fertilizers has led to the prediction that by the year 2040, there will be little to no aquamarine life left in the ocean.
Save millions of acres of habitat and carbon-absorbing flora. Currently, 80% of the land in the Amazon that is being deforested is for cattle use.