On average, we think about food every 45 minutes. What’s for lunch? What should I make for dinner? That muffin looks delicious!
This makes sense. Food impacts every part of our lives: our mental and physical health, our social lives, and our finances.
What we don’t think about as often are the resources it takes to grow, harvest, process, package, and transport our food. For example:
- If we did not consume meat or dairy products, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75%– an area equivalent to the U.S., China, European Union, and Australia combined!
- It takes approximately 25 gallons of water to produce just a quarter cup of almonds.
- For every 6 ounces of steak it takes 674 gallons of water. That is almost a weeks’ worth of water for a single person to do all their daily activities!
We can break these numbers down further to the approximate amount of GHGs per serving:
We cannot put all the blame on meat though. In the United States, many have grown accustomed to year-round consumption of fruits and vegetables from all across the world. For example, avocados and almonds are often transported very long distances and take a great deal of water to produce.
The impact of our food is complicated and dependent on several factors. This is also true for how we improve our food system and protect our planet. While solutions to resource-intensive practices are global, there is plenty to do in your own home to help build the future we crave.
EVERY BITE COUNTS!
Eating only plant-based foods is not the only way to help fight climate change. We can all do our part by cutting back on our meat and dairy consumption, while adding exciting new flavors into our meals, and reducing our food waste. If we:
- Try the new plant-based burger on the menu at your favorite restaurant, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 320 miles.
- Eat a plant-based meal one day a week with your family, it would be the equivalent of taking your car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes.
- And if the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
You have the power to combat climate change.
If you are ready to journey into eating more delicious, low-impact foods we are here to help! Below you will find everything you need to know about how to add more plant-based foods into your life.
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