An entirely vegan world could reduce carbon emissions by as much as 9.6 billion tons annually.
Called the Veganism Impact Report, a study collected data showing the huge impact a plant-based diet has on our health and the planet. The report suggests that if 100 percent of the global meat-eating population switched to a plant-based diet, we would see a 70 percent decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and one billion hectares of land currently used for livestock would be made available for growing plant-based proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
The Veganism Impact Report uses statistics on the UK’s, EU’s and world’s annual animal product consumption, employment, trade, health, environment, and economy. UK statistics are based on 1.16 percent of the population being vegan and do not take into account the vegetarian or pescatarian population. EU statistics are based on 5.9 percent of the population being vegan and vegetarian.
What Is The Most Sustainable Diet?
Previous studies have explored how even flexitarian diets can have a significant impact and here, the full impact of a vegan population is explored in stark contrast to the impact an omnivorous population would have on humans, animals, and the world. Statistics show that “1.5 billion hectares of the world’s total land surface (13.4 billion hectares) were used for agriculture in 2018,” while a vegan population would only require a total of 540 million hectares for agriculture.
The importance of a vegan diet for our planet has been discussed a great deal recently and this study states that greenhouse gas emissions from food totaled 13.7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in 2018. With a fully vegan population, 4,110,000,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent food-related emissions would be released annually, representing a 70 percent decrease.
The Healthiest Diet?
The report estimates that in a vegan world, approximately 22,861 people in the UK would die from heart and circulatory disease each year, resulting in 129,544 fewer heart disease-related deaths annually. The report also highlights that with a fully vegan population there would be zero instances of cancer linked to eating processed or red meat every year, with an estimated reduction of 8,800 cancer cases. This is the latest in a series of studies highlighting the health risks of meat consumption.
An Impossible Whopper from Burger King, which is testing plant-based patties.CreditMichael Thomas/Getty Images
I plopped down in the sports bar Thursday to watch World Cup soccer and eat my first fake meat burger. I don’t mean to slight the surging United States women’s team, but the plant-based protein slab made nearly as big an impression as the match.
No surprise then, that a burger that bleeds like meat, tastes like meat and looks like meat is winning over millions of skeptical consumers, taking Wall Street by storm and prompting Big Ag to jump into a lucrative business that started on the vegan fringe.
But does the world really need a KFC Imposter Burger, or Tyson Foods grinding peas into patties instead of quartering chickens into nuggets? Well, yes. Very much so.
At a moment when animal-based agriculture is near the top of planet-killing culprits, ditching meat for substitutes, faux or otherwise, is the most effective thing an individual can do to fight climate change, according to a study in the journal Science. I say this as an appreciative omnivore. I love a flank steak fresh off the grill, a leg of lamb seasoned and slow-cooked, a brat at a ballpark, as do most of us. Vegans and vegetarians make only about 8 percent of the population, a static number.
The cautionary note is that we don’t have enough experience yet with the “secret sauce” that makes the new line of fake burgers taste so good. Both Beyond Meat, and Impossible Foods, the two darlings of alt-meat, use about 20 different ingredients in their patties. They are highly processed Frankenfoods hatched in a lab, not carrots pulled out of the earth.
Also, food panaceas in general don’t have the best track record. Remember margarine as a healthful alternative to butter? “Diet” soda makes people crave a big hit of real sugar water. Some granola is worse for you than an Oreo cookie.
That said, these are very dangerous times for all living things. You may have missed the sad notice that the friendship tree given by France to President Trump has died an early death. As a metaphor for what happens to everything touched by Trump, it’s too easy. It’s as if the little oak sapling, acting on behalf of all that is endangered by this biohazard of a presidency, died to send a message.
President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France planted a “friendship tree” last year. The tree died.CreditJim Watson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The tree’s demise was announced not long after a group of scientists made a determination of much bigger import: the recognition of a new geologic era, the Anthropocene. After the ice age of the late Pleistocene, and the culture-nurturing comfort of the Holocene, the Age of Man looks to be the End of Man. Perhaps in very short order.
The Anthropocene is an old idea, dating perhaps to the first atomic bomb, given fresh scientific imprimatur this spring. More than 500 million years after life took hold on earth, humans are having such a drastic effect on it that we are now the dominant geologic force. This designation comes not from the usual concerned voices seeking recognition from distracted media and political elites, but from a key body within the international union of geological scientists. As these folks like to say: rocks don’t lie.
Nor do temperature readings. New Delhi soared to 118 degrees this month. It was 100 degrees in San Francisco, the highest temperature ever recorded there for June. Wildfires are now a springtime feature inside the Arctic Circle, and temperatures in Greenland were as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit above average this year.
None of this will shame the worst threat to the planet now — the American president. The best way to do something about climate change is to vote the Anthropocene Cover Boy out of office. He thinks windmills cause cancer. He loves dirty coal. His gutting of Obama-era policies will lead to hundreds of premature deaths of fellow Americans every year, according to an early analysis by his own administration.
But in the meantime, there is the protein we put on our plate. While weaning people off animal flesh, the new burgers hardly meet Michael Pollan’s admonition that we should never eat food our great-grandmothers wouldn’t recognize. But Pollan is a fan, saying fake meatballs might help save the world.
Plant-based eggs, nuggets and burgers are far less likely to hasten the inevitable last act of the Age of Man than the food sources they replace. And the free market — judging by soaring sales and a bullish roar from Wall Street to Beyond Meat, a company that was briefly worth more than Macys or Xerox by market capitalization one day this week — is lining up with the environment on this one, as carnivores take notice. If it takes disruptive capitalism to help solve a problem that a clay-headed president will not, more power to the plant dog and soy burger masquerading as meat.
End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles warned on his “TruNews” program last night that the rise of companies like Impossible Foods, which is developing plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products, is part of a satanic plot to alter human DNA so that people can no longer worship God.
“When you go to your favorite fast food restaurant, you are going to be eating a fake hamburger,” Wiles said. “You’re going to go to the grocery store and buy a pound of fake hamburger or a fake steak, and you won’t know that it was grown in some big corporation’s laboratory. This is the nightmare world that they are taking us into. They’re changing God’s creation. Why? Because they want to be God.”
“God is an environmentalist,” Wiles continued. “He takes this very seriously. He created this planet, he created the universe and he’s watching these Luciferians destroy this planet, destroy the animal kingdom, destroy the plant kingdom, change human DNA. Why? They want to change human DNA so that you can’t be born again. That’s where they’re going with this, to change the DNA of humans so it will be impossible for a human to be born again. They want to create a race of soulless creatures on this planet.”
(CNN)Tyson Foods, Inc., has recalled more than 190,000 pounds of Tyson Fully Cooked, Whole Grain Golden Crispy Chicken Chunk Fritters that may be contaminated with hard plastic, the company said in a statement.
The product is not sold in retail grocery stores, and the voluntary recall is limited to food service customers, including schools nationwide, the Pennsylvania-based company said.
Tyson Foods got three complaints from schools about foreign material in the food product, reported the US Department of Agriculture, which said it had not gotten any confirmed reports of injury or illness linked to eating the fritters. The fritters are not part of the National School Lunch Program but were purchased separately by individual schools, the USDA said.
Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider, the agency said.
The recalled product carries establishment number “P-1325” stamped inside the USDA mark of inspection, the company said. The fritters are sold in 32.81-pound cases (code 0599NHL02) that contain four 8.2-pound bags.
Recalled Tyson Fully Cooked, Whole Grain Golden Crispy Chicken Chunk Fritters bear this label.
The product was produced at one plant on February 28 and shipped to distribution centers in these states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Impossible Foods’ chief science officer, David Lipman, may be a biotechnologist and genomes expert, but the taste of meat is in his blood. Lipman received his education in meat during his youth, while working at his father’s meat market in upstate New York.
In a January blog post, Lipman wrote that the Impossible science team “spent years analyzing meat and recreating every element of the sensory experience — smell, flavor, texture, touch, nutrition, sizzle factor.”
Impossible Foods uses genetic engineering to make ingredients that are essential to the taste and texture of its plant-based meat substitute: soy leghemoglobin (also known as heme) and soy protein. Soy protein replaced wheat protein as the main base for Impossible’s second recipe, while soy leghemoglobin is responsible for making the patty taste like meat.
While some have criticized Impossible Foods for its use of genetic engineering, the Food and Drug Administration deemed heme safe to eat in 2018.
The Impossible Burger is kosher and halal certified, but not organic. A four-ounce patty packs 240 calories, 14 grams of fat, 370 milligrams of sodium, and 19 grams of protein — a slight improvement upon thenutritional profile of the original recipe, which had 290 calories, 17 grams of fat, 580 milligrams of sodium, and 27 grams of protein.
In his blog post, Lipman wrote that Impossible Foods would continue to improve its recipe’s taste and nutritional value.
“At Impossible Foods, we’ve been working on a way to turn plants into meat for only seven years, and we’re getting better at it every day,” he wrote.
Fake meats at Arby’s? “Impossible,” says the Atlanta-based restaurant chain. ( Arby’s )
When VegNews published an article this week claiming “Arby’s Looks to Add Plant-Based Impossible Meat to Menu,” Arby’s decided it was necessary to point toward its slogan since 2014, “We Have the Meats.” And that means real meats.
An article in Food & Wine reports that a presentation targeting investors during Impossible Meats recent $300 million funding found, Arby’s was included among a group of chains that Impossible Meats claimed had reached out to them. But in a statement, Arby’s says it will never serve plant-based protein products.
“Contrary to reports this week, Arby’s is not one of the restaurant companies interested in working with Impossible Foods,” the statement said. “The chances we will bring plant-based menu items to our restaurants, now or in the future, are absolutely impossible.”
Publications such as Adweek and Fortune credit Arby’s “We Have the Meats” campaign as sparking a major turnaround for the brand. Food & Wine wrote, “It’s easy to see why they wouldn’t want to undermine that message and, instead, decided to use this as a chance to double-down on something that’s been working. At the same time though, all these new plant-based fast food options aren’t just publicity stunts: It’s driven by real consumer desire. Unnecessarily coming down against plant-based meat might solidify Arby’s diehards but there’s a risk it could turn other customers off.”
Arby’s is an Atlanta-based restaurant chain with 3,300 stores.
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This includes prominent coverage of the latest scientific research, extreme weather events, climate protests, how climate change is affecting people’s lives and the search for solutions to this enormous global challenge.
These stories are resonating with our audiences and it is a subject we are committed to covering in depth across BBC News.
You asked: What if I can’t afford to change my way of life?
Being climate conscious can often feel very expensive, from changing your food habits to buying an electric car.
But there are some things that will save you money – like eating wonky vegetables instead of red meat and cycling to work instead of driving.
And making your home more energy efficient should actually bring down your bills.
Many animal-related disease outbreaks that include swine flu and bird flu over the recent past have led consumers across the globe to shift toward a more vegan diet, influencing meat substitute consumption as a result. Trend toward vegan diet is also being supported by surging prevalence of health problems such as diabetes and obesity. Rise in living standards of consumers coupled with their higher GHDI is further posing a positive impact on demand for not-so-cost-effective meat substitutes. R&D initiatives are being undertaken by global leading food product manufacturers, in a bid to develop novel and superior quality meat substitutes to increasing number of health-conscious consumers globally.
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A glowing review of Burger King’s new plant-based Whopper comes from an unlikely source: a senior meat industry lobbyist who admitted the surprisingly realistic taste of modern fake meats is a “wake-up call” to livestock farmers.
In a review of the Impossible Whopper, which is being trialled in 59 restaurants in the St Louis area, Eric Bohl, director of public affairs at the Missouri Farm Bureau, wrote: “If farmers and ranchers think we can mock and dismiss these products as a passing fad, we’re kidding ourselves.
“This is not just another disgusting tofu burger that only a dedicated hippie could convince himself to eat.”
Bohl went to a Burger King to compare a traditional Whopper with the vegetarian alternative made by Impossible Foods, a California company that makes plant-based substitutes. Its burger is designed to “bleed” like a conventional burger and uses genetically modified yeast to produce heme, a protein that mimics the flavor of meat.
Admitting the differences in taste between the two burgers was “pretty minor”, Bohl said the advance of fake meats provides a looming and existential threat to the industry he represents.
“If I didn’t know what I was eating, I would have no idea it was not beef,” he wrote. “Farmers and ranchers need to take notice and get ready to compete. I’ve tasted it with my own mouth, and this fake meat is ready for prime time.”
In a follow-up post, Bohl called the new wave of cowless burgers “a wake-up call”. “This is an intense challenge to our industry and we must continue to fight,” he added.
In August, Missouri became the first state to ban products made from tofu, soy or other alternatives branding themselves as “meat”, following an outcry from livestock and poultry producers. The move was seen as part of the growing politicization of meat, as some conservatives claim that efforts to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture could lead to the banning of hamburgers.
Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, both backed by the Microsoft founder Bill Gates, are at the forefront of a push into meaty territory which aims to mimic the appearance and taste of flesh rather than making the sort of health-based vegetarian fare typically scorned by committed carnivores.
In its mission statement, Impossible Foods says: “We’re making meat using plants, so that we never have to use animals again,” citing the environmental toll of meat production, via excessive land and water use, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your impact upon the planet, Oxford University research found last year, due to the habitat cleared for livestock and the resulting planet-warming emissions.