Plant-Based Protein: The Real Cost
How Much Does A Plant Based Protein Source Really Cost?
Consuming animal products is detrimental to the health of the planet. Find out what the real cost of animal protein is vs. a plant based protein source in the infographic below.
Worldwide, an estimated 2 billion people live primarily on a meat-based diet, while an estimated 4 billion live primarily on a plant-based diet. The US food production system uses about 50% of the total US land area, 80% of the fresh water, and 17% of the fossil energy used in the country. The heavy dependence on fossil energy suggests that the US food system, whether meat-based or plant-based, is not sustainable. The use of land and energy resources devoted to an average meat-based diet compared with a lactoovovegetarian (plant-based) diet is analyzed in this report. In both diets, the daily quantity of calories consumed are kept constant at about 3533 kcal per person. The meat-based food system requires more energy, land, and water resources than the lactoovovegetarian diet. In this limited sense, the lactoovovegetarian diet is more sustainable than the average American meat-based diet.
A Plant Based Diet not only saves the lives of countless animals, but preserves our resources and saves many humans from starvation. Switching to a plant based protein source will conserve more of the planet’s resources, creating a better future.
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