Reason 1: Plant-based alternatives increasing
As more people look for plant-based options more investors look for plant-based alternative products. Studies predict that the plant-based protein market will reach over $8.5B by 2025. Therefore, whether you’re pescetarian, vegetarian, or flexitarian, every time you’re consciously refusing meat, the plant-based industry gains in popularity. We are not supposed to eat meat at every meal. As more people look for vegetarian alternatives and eat meat less frequently, we alleviate overall demand on the food system.
Reason 2: More rewilding
Livestock rearing is the largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions—a greenhouse gas. If more people ate a vegetarian focused diet we would need 1/3 of current land used for agriculture. This land can be reused for rewilding and conservation, absorbing emissions rather than emitting them.
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Reason 3: Less animal feed production
Animal feed has several environmental footprints.
Did you know that 30% of animal feed is edible fish? Imagine if we turned actually ate that 30% of fish and in turn decreased our demand on fishstocks. Moreover, animal feed represents over 80% of US corn and soy production. Corn and soy fields create fertilizer run-off in the Gulf of Mexico that leads to eutrophication (algal blooms) and the world’s largest dead zone, killing all of life below water. A similar phenomena occurred in Brazil as soy run-off caused the sargasso algal bloom that reached even the coasts of Mexico.
Every effort counts! Even just decreasing your meat intake to twice a week can have an overall impact on the global food chain! We challenge you to try: vegan week and meat for treat rule of thumb.
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