It´s not about the amounts of meat, we consume. It´s about farming and the way in which our food is produced
The GAPS Nutritional protocol is not possible to follow, unless you eat animal products.
Animal food maintains the cells in the body
This is due to the fact, that animal products contain substances, that renew and re-build the cells in the body. One of the purposes with the diet is to “mend” a leaky gut. You cannot mend it with plants, you will need animal food to do this.
Plant food is cleansing
Plants, you can use to cleanse the body, as plants contain substanses that are good for detoxifying. As the diet is also about getting rid of toxic stuff in the body, whether they come from toxic microbiota, what you eat or from the environment, it also recommends lots of vegetables. They will need to be pretty starch free; the reason for that you can read about in the Using the GAPS Diet cookbook or much more detailed in Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, who makes this very clear distinction between animal and plant food.
But what about the meat consumption and the climate?
The real problem about meat and climate is not about how much meat each person eats.
It´s about the way in which this meat is produced.
Which is closely linked to the way in which farmers grow crops.
Digging just a bit deeper, the whole point in this discussion is about topsoil:
whether it is fertile or not,
whether it needs artificial, chemical, man made fertilizers or not.
whether the soil is ploughed regularly or not.
In other words, whether farmers choose to run their farms “conventionally”
or to run them in a traditional way, what we call organic.
Read much more about this
– in this beautifully written article from The Guardian by organic farmer and author of “Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm”, Isabella Tree.
– these articles about turning infertile land into fertile, by nutritionist, neurologist and organic farmer Natasha Campbell-McBride
A decrease of meat consumption will come naturally
I bet, that if conventional farming was turned into organic, as described in the Guardian article, the amount of meat, each person on the globe eats per day, will naturally decrease. The meat quality gets much much better, and from a nutritional perspective, we need less.
As the GAPS diet is also a highly nourishing diet, it recommends organic produce.