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The secret’s out… the meat industry is a destructive force and the time for change has come. Given that this industry is handed out $38.4 billion a year in Government subsidies (that’s 63 percent of total U.S. food subsidies), one would, at least, assume it is doing good. On the contrary, the meat industry is essentially draining our natural resources, trashing our planet and driving more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector.

Luckily, we have the power to make a difference by just changing the way we eat. According to some estimates, if we cut down on our meat consumption and chose to eat more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, and also, save our precious natural resources.

The great news is Americans are finally getting it. Driven by concerns ranging from sustainability to health, we’re looking for cleaner alternatives to animal protein. Which explains all the latest hype around plant-based meat alternatives and the race to recreate animal protein in labs. Meat substitutes are no longer niche products with questionable ingredients found tucked away in a corner of health food stores for a small population of vegetarians or vegans that are craving something “meat-like.” Those days are long gone. The new world of meat substitutes are healthier, better tasting and are primarily being consumed by meat eaters with a genuine interest in cutting back on their animal protein consumption. According to some estimates, the plant-based meat market is set to reach $5.2 billion by 2020 and could make up one-third of the market by 2050. Introductions of new products with plant-based proteins grew 14.7 percent in 2014 (while animal protein grew 7.5 percent) and in 2015, more than 100 plant-based meat substitutes were introduced in grocery stores.

But are plant-based meat alternatives truly more sustainable? Well, considering they don’t use meat, dairy or eggs, each of which have an enormous environmental impact, the answer should be obvious. But if you need studies and facts to back those assumptions, we now have some real proof.

According to a recently released study of the environmental impacts of 39 meat substitutes presented at the American Society for Nutrition Annual Meeting, across the board, plant-based meat alternatives were found to be associated with substantially lower emissions than actual meat.

Substantially lower, as in, ten times less greenhouse gas emissions than producing comparable beef-based products!

The research team analyzed emissions generated to produce different, common meat substitutes from the field to the grocery-ready factory output, reports Science Daily. Crunching thousands of data points, the team calculated total greenhouse gas emissions in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents.

In conclusion, they found that while the emissions generated to produce a typical 8-ounce steak is equivalent to driving a small car for about 29 miles, replacing that steak with the same weight of a plant-based meat alternative is like driving the same car just three miles. If this news doesn’t make you want to consider trying out a plant-based meat alternative the next time you’re at the grocery store, keep in mind that these products are also healthier for you. It may sound too good to be true, but trust me, this is real, and it’s happening now. And if you are not satisfied with the current products available, don’t despair. Investors are pumping millions of dollars into businesses that are trying to make good on the promise of recreating the taste, texture and nutrition of animal meat, minus all the health problems, environmental destruction, and cruelty. We’re going to soon live in a brave new world where everyone can make a positive impact without giving up on the foods they love.

So, the meat industry can continue to spend billions on lobbying and advertising and take billions in subsidies, but they can’t withstand the force of real change. Fueled by a bit of knowledge, like the simple and striking fact that plant-based meats produce 10 times less greenhouse gas emissions than beef, people are picking up their forks and molding a better food system with every meal.

There’s a new conscious food movement rising that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s being driven by consumers who are demanding healthier, better foods, purpose-driven media companies like One Green Planet that are empowering people to eat differently, and an emerging food economy that’s getting organized and innovating at breakneck pace.

This isn’t a passing trend that can be ignored; it’s the future of food and it just happens to be sustainable, healthy, and vegan.

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30 comments on “Meat Alternatives Produce 10 Times Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Beef”

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Bella Clarke
4 Months Ago

Meetings International welcomes each and every one to take part in the “Global Diet and Nutrition Meeting” going to be held on March 19th and 20th of 2018 in Singapore. The meeting will hold oral talks, poster presentations, keynote presentations and exhibitions. The aim of Nutrition Meeting 2018 is to get together Researchers, Teachers, Scientists, Business Delegates, students to share about their knowledge in the field of Nutrition and Diet.
Nutrition Meeting 2018 will hold presentations by Global Leaders in the field of Nutrition Science, Food Science, health Science etc. This meeting will give a stage for Nutritionists and Dieticians to share their research studies before mass gathering of individuals who perceive the field of Nutrition. CEO’s, delegates and from different departments of Nutrition and Food sciences are welcomed to take part in this Global gathering.

Conference Highlights:
Human Nutrition, Pediatric Nutrition, Maternal Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Animal Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Food Allergies and Intolerances, Eating Disorders, Nutrigenomics, Functional Food, Artificial Sweeteners and its Effects, Obesity and Diet, Cancer and Diet, Diabetes Friendly Diet, Nutrition Security, Gastro-intestinal Disorders and Diet, Food Borne Illnesses, Genetically Modified Food.
For more details visit: http://www.meetingsint.com/nutrition-conferences/nutrition


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Gisel Godon
1 Years Ago

Please people! Eating a good balanced of food is very important! I eat meat moderately. I agree the mass production of animal farms are not right! But small farms with free ranged animal goes back many years. Nothing wrong with a steak purchased at a local farmer.


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Jurgen Knorr
1 Years Ago

all this proves is that there are way to many humans alive today.


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Annie Taylor
1 Years Ago

#Cowspiracy Rosie Pearson


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Rosie Pearson
09 Apr 2016

I can't remember when I last ate meat

Annie Taylor
09 Apr 2016

But I bet you can remember the last time you ate dairy or eggs Rosie Pearson. Animal agriculture is polluting everything, water, air, ground everything. http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ Also the calves for veal come from the dairy industry, support the dairy industry and you are supporting the meat industry. You can do better . Also dairy is acidic and damaging to bones which is the last thing you need right now. #vegpledge #forksoverknives

Rosie Pearson
09 Apr 2016

My fridge is full of hazelnut milk though

Ginger Paige
1 Years Ago

Jennifer Burger


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Colleen Coleman
1 Years Ago

Yes, the meat industry is the cruelest industry whether it is in America, Mexico or overseas - it is sickening. It kills me to watch the videos filmed by brave undercover photographers. It is heartbreaking and unbelievable that this actually goes on and we need for this animal torture to be stopped. Please, all of us, don't ever eat meat again. And try as hard as you can to stop eating and drinking milk and cheese as the cows in the dairy industry suffer just as much and they are killed too. There are so many fake meats, cheeses and dairy free milk out there now, it makes it easy for us to do.


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Justin Wiseman
08 Apr 2016

And the dairy industry. The whole animal agricultural industry.

Colleen Coleman
1 Years Ago

Yes, the meat industry is the cruelest industry whether it is in America, Mexico or overseas - it is sickening. It kills me to watch the videos filmed by brave undercover photographers. It is heartbreaking and unbelievable that this actually goes on and we need for this animal torture to be stopped. Please, all of us, don't ever eat meat again. And try as hard as you can to stop eating and drinking milk and cheese as the cows in the dairy industry suffer just as much and they are killed too. There are so many fake meats, cheeses and dairy free milk out there now, it makes it easy for us to do.


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Catherine Ferguson
1 Years Ago

Then shut down all farms ,im a vegan


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LeAnna Conradt
09 Apr 2016

You mean ranches. We need farms for produce.

Catherine Ferguson
09 Apr 2016

Grow your own,go to a super market

Marion Donnelly
1 Years Ago

A good black bean burger is equal to and even better than a traditional beef burger. Better for the cows too.


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Joan Murray
1 Years Ago

It's a conscience thing


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