This Vegan Brand Just Proved That Plant-Based Burgers Are More Sustainable Than Those Made Of Beef
Did you know that 3.4 million chickens and 5,000 pigs drowned as a result of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina? Not only that, but fecal waste escaped to the water system from the farms, risking possible contamination from E. coli, salmonella, pharmaceuticals and insecticides.
Even though serious weather conditions were the culprit this time around, we cannot blame everything on chance and weather alone.
Animal agriculture alone is a true environmental disaster itself.
Animal Agriculture’s Impact On The Environment Vs. Plant Based Eating
According to the UN and backed by an Oxford University study, animal-based farming is contributing to the over-use of land and water, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, pollution and greenhouse gas emission.
When we look at plant-based food, on the other hand, it is much more sustainable with less environmental impact.
Beyond Meat, a plant-based vegan brand, which has been named by the United Nations as a 2018 ‘Champion of the Earth’ in recognition of its global sustainability efforts, has been popular since 2016 with its plant-based burgers that look, feel, taste and cook like the ‘real thing’ from animal-based ingredients, impressing even carnivores. However, it is not only more ethical, but much more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Recently, researchers at the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems have examined the environmental impact of this plant-based burger compared to a traditional beef burger, looking at greenhouse gas energy, water and land use. The study underwent independent peer-review.
They not only discovered that the plant-based burger was more eco-friendly, but they also made recommendations on how to make it even better for the environment.
Researchers have found that Beyond Meat burgers generate 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, require 46% less non-renewable energy, have 99% fewer impacts on water scarcity and 93% less impact on land use.
This is the undeniable and true impact on our world. An average American consumes 3 burgers a day. If they switched only one from beef to plant-based, it would be similar to taking 12 million cars off the road and saving energy to power 2.3 million homes. That is huge!
Is Beyond Burger perfect? Surely not, it still has some environmental impact, but it is far more sustainable than its beef counterparts, even grass-fed beef.
To lower their impact, the company also moved from a plastic tray to fully compostable packaging in its debut Beyond Sausage. They have also installed solar tubes in their headquarters and installed water recirculating systems in their Missouri production facility.
Despite pro-meat and anti-plant-based efforts such as the banning of the term “meat” on plant-based alternatives free from animal ingredients, the plant-based food industry is thriving and growing. It currently is worth $3.7 billion, which is a 17% growth within the last year. Plant-based sales have increased 23% at $684 million for the US retail market.
Beyond Burgers can now be found at various restaurants, including TGI Fridays and Bareburger. “Bleeding” plant-based burgers by Impossible Foods are also increasingly popular and can be found at over 3,000 service locations. Don Lee Farms sold more than a million plant-based burgers at Costco nation-wide.
The Shift In Society From Meat To Plant Based
Sustainability, the environment and health are continuing to be a high priority for an increasing number of customers both nationally and globally. 66% of global customers are willing to pay extra for more sustainable brands, including lower-income individuals and families. Millennials are particularly willing to spend extra on eco-friendly options.
Along with the sustainability and health, ethical issues – including animal welfare – are becoming an increasing concern and priority for customers. They are happy to eat delicious and healthy options that don’t involve the suffering and slaughtering of animals.
Choosing an environmentally friendly, sustainable and healthy option that doesn’t involve animal suffering is a no-brainer.
Thankfully, it is not only meat that you can replace with delicious plant-based alternatives. There are plant-based cheeses, milks, yogurt, ice cream and just about everything else available. There are some incredibly tasty brands and also fantastic recipes you can try at home.
If you are concerned about protein, Organifi Complete Protein is made with fantastic plant-based protein sources and superfoods to keep your strong, energized and healthy. For more plant-power, try our other Organifi drinks: Organifi Green Juice, Organifi Red Juice, Organifi Gold, Organifi Gold Pumpkin Spice and Organifi Pure. They are all made with high-quality plant-based ingredients – and most importantly with lots of love to help you regain your health and happiness.
Are you ready to jump on the plant-based train? What is your favorite plant-based burger (it can be a personal recipe)? How about your favorite Organifi drink? Share your answers in the comments. We would love to hear from you.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Kat Gál is a holistic health writer who helps health, wellness, and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a freelance writing mentor teaching wanna-be-freelancers how to make a living writing at freelancewriterschool.com. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at firstname.lastname@example.org or katgalwriter.com. Visit freelancewriterschool.com for freelance writing tips. Follow me on Instagram @freelancewriterschool and on Facebook at facebook.com/katgalwriter.
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