Sustainable Stepping Stones #1: Beef
Vegan products are becoming more and more popular by demand; you see them popping up in supermarkets, on restaurant menus, and even in fast-food chains. If you are wondering why, you are not the only one. The benefits of plant-based foods are plentiful, and in these series of articles we will swiftly unpack a few sustainability-related issues. Because we would all like our lovely little planet to last for a little longer, right?
From A to… Beef
Let’s start with the most infamous of all: beef. You have probably heard a lot of things about beef; its production uses almost three times more water than the production of chicken, and its CO2 emission is more than twice as high. In comparison to plant-based foods the difference gets even bigger. This can all be explained by modern cattle industry. The amount of water used in the production of beef can be explained by the amount of food the cows need to eat: which is a lot. Especially if they need to grow as big, as quickly as possible. Secondly, the CO2 emissions can be explained by the amount of gas a cow simply produces naturally. However, since we are talking about mass “production”, the numbers add up very quickly. Thus, it might be fair to say that in terms of sustainability, beef is the main culprit of all our meat consumption.
Small Sustainable Steps
Now, of course it is easy to see all of the harm in everything; so let’s focus on the positive part. Lucky for all of us, there are plant-based alternatives for all of these problems! For instance, the beefless tips, the meatless meatballs or the beefless burgers by Gardein are an amazing substitute. By just substituting beef once or twice a week, you are already helping our planet and our future. Even the smallest changes can have a positive impact, so will you join?