Many people choose to eat lower on the food chain (more plants and less animal based products) for health reasons, or due to their compassion for animals. There is another great reason to increase your consumption of plant sourced foods; it’s the ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGE.

More and more people are becoming conscious about their ‘carbon footprint.’ This term refers to the “the total set of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.”  Factors that can influence the carbon footprint of a given product include gases that may be emitted during land clearance, fuel, transportation, materials, wood, buildings and services that may be used during the production and transportation of the given item.    A study done at the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, surmises that the more meat products that are consumed globally, the less likely we are to be able to sustain future generations. That is because the carbon footprint per acre of land used for meat production is vastly higher than using that same acre to grow plants. One example of this difference is water use: one pound of beef requires approximately  2400 gallons of water, while 25 gallons will produce one pound of grain- which can feed many more people than the pound of beef. Other huge discrepancies include use of top soil, depletion of the Rainforest and the release of methane gas and other pollutants, with meat production out racing plant food production by 1000’s of times on these issues. When it comes to global warming due to methane emissions, livestock releases over 100 million tons a year. Methane is considered 20 times more problematic than carbon dioxide in terms of trapping heat into the atmosphere and causing weather irregularities.

If you are interested in personally having a positive impact on the environment choosing a plant based meal even once a day may be the single most important contribution you can make! Just choose a Vegan Protein Source as your grab and go, and you will be helping yourself and our planet!