Considering switching to plant-based?

Considering switching to plant-based?

How can we help the environment by going plant-based?

At Unigrocer we do our very best to keep a minimal effect on the environment. Our packaging is completely recyclable, and we have gone with some of our products to remove plastic and use recycled paper. Of course, you probably know that going plant-based is good for the environment and your health. However, without having researched and looked into the reason you may have been persuaded to over haul your diet at recent point in your lives. And you might have forgotten for what reason. So, let’s take a look below to get few reminders.

Let’s take a look at the issues?

 

Does animal farming affect take an effect on greenhouse gas increase? It was over 2.6 million years ago the last time trees grew around the South Pole region, so you can imagine that was a high time for greenhouse gases. This brings us to the word climate which is usually followed by crisis in the recent times. This is how current situation on this subject can be seen through an environmental perspective.

 For example, feeding an animal to meet market expectation before slaughtering it consumes a large energy. Whereby, to the extent if you combine the climate change emissions taken to farm the animals, it exceeds various forms of transportation put together. So that shows that the sheer size of greenhouse gases is not just through the nurturing of the animals through respiration or the methane they create by excretion. But the energy taken to grow them!

 Research tells us that about a third of the world’s freshwater goes into animal feed. That’s a huge share of vital resource which diminishing by the day. Considering the gaseous excretion produced by these animals sheer amount of water and feed is necessary to ensure of their growth. Which takes another toll on the environment. A pound of potato usually needs 300 litres of water to grow it’s potential, where as 1 kg of beef requires almost 15.5 litres of water.

Not all land if suitable for farming crops, but large amounts of these could be used for plant-based. Livestock farming takes a toll on deforestation by using a disproportionate amount of land. Current update tells us that more than half of the Amazon basin has been directly attributed to cattle farming. On average livestock requires 80% farmland but can only output 20% of our calories.

Can I be the face of change?

So lets look at numbers, for instance if a family decided to swap their daily meals from meat based to plant-based they would help remove 16 million cars off the road. And if a person cuts 100g of beef of their diet, they cut down 5kg of CO2. So one person can make a huge difference! Recent trends are showing that people are becoming for conscious that are harmful to the environment. So, plant-based companies have stepped forward to help make these changes by focussing on taste, protein and other nutrients that people might worry about losing out on. Currently there are so many that ready available to vegan market.

 

So how can I be part of the change?

 

Every change starts small. Taking a step at a time. You can help save the planet by considering your diet.

  1. How can I plan my next meal that could be meat free?
  2. Beef is the highest contributor greenhouse gas. So slowly reducing that in exchange for chicken, pork or lamb is an alternative. Or even sustainable fish.
  3. Sharing this message and supporting our friends and family to understand how we can change the environment is important. So make small changes and encourage each other to reduced meat consumption or go completely plant-based.

 Having read this article, you may be interested to understand the type of diets involved in going vegan and also how this could you adopt a conscious lifestyle which would help lead a sustainable living. Click on the links below to read further:

Adopt a conscious lifestyle to lead a sustainable living

What do vegans eat and avoid?

 

Sources:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/articles/vegan_vs_flexitarian 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/03/south-pole-tree-fossils-indicate-impact-of-climate-change

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/vegan-diet-environmental-carbon-impact 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/18/vegetarianism-save-planet-environment https://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6392/987

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