Eating Less Meat To Save The Earth
Climate change is a reality we have to face. Its effects become harder to ignore everyday, with the extreme weather conditions people experience and the health risks they bring. Being mindful of one’s carbon footprint is now more important than ever, and one simple way to do so is to revolutionise the way we eat.
Meat consumption is one of the biggest contributors to global warming because of the processes involved with it. These result in deforestation, water shortages, and greenhouse gas emissions, among others. To address these concerns, David Yeung founded Green Monday with a mission to empower individuals to create a global impact.
The premise of Green Monday is simple: to choose plant-based meals over meat and seafood every Monday. By doing this simple act once a week, a significant amount of carbon emissions are already reduced. It is also a way to slowly ease oneself into a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
A common misconception about green eating is that it entails sacrificing the delicious flavours meat brings to the table. Thankfully, modern innovations have made it possible to have the best of both worlds. At the recent International Sustainability Summit in Manila, ASEAN Director of Green Monday Kelvin Ng said, “Technology has allowed us to not substitute, but succeed animal protein.” Here are a few food brands that have risen to the occasion:
With a mission to create The Future of Protein®, the brand wants to shift the focus from animal-based meat products to ones made with plant-based ingredients. Their burgers, ground beef, and sausages not only look like the real thing—they taste like it too.
Biting into just one Impossible™ Burger is equal to saving 87 percent of water, 97 percent of land, and 89 percent less greenhouse gas emissions. Impossible Foods understands that eradicating meat from the human diet is impossible, and instead want to offer a healthier and more eco-friendly alternative.
Pork is extremely popular in many Asian countries (the Philippines among them), and China is its greatest consumer in the world. With their stock of pork in decline and the risk of swine fever on the rise, OmniPork is a welcome innovation that shows how sustainable local cuisine can be.
Poultry is another meal staple for many, and Alpha Foods answers to the call with their chicken strips, patties, and nuggets. Apart from these fried favourites, one may also enjoy plant-based pizzas, burritos, and pot pies from the brand.
Cheese is easily enjoyed when mixed with meals or on its own, making it a kitchen staple. As unbelievable as it may be, a plant-based dairy alternative exists and is equally delicious as its counterpart. One can find a sizeable selection of cheeses from Daiya, as well as other dairy products like ice cream and dressing.
In their mission to create a fair and honest food system, JUST has created the JUST Egg, which scrambles and mixes well with meals as though it was laid by a chicken. For those who are curious of how good it can be, JUST is proud to announce that it has sold the equivalent of 10 million eggs in August of this year.
A meal that’s wholly sustainable needs a beverage to match. Califia Farms produces a wide range of dairy-free products that include different kinds of milk, coffee, creamers, and citrus juices. Not only are these sustained by plant-based ingredients, but they also reduce one’s sugar intake by 57 percent.