GREENFORCE, a German food tech start-up, has revealed fresh statistics revealing the potential impact of plant-based meals on the UK’s greenhouse gas footprint.
According to their research, replacing only two meat meals per week with plant-based alternatives may save the UK adult population up to 291 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
Saving 291 million metric tons of GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) each year is equivalent to planting 13.88 billion trees per year (based on 21kg of carbon capture, per adult tree, per year).
The Difference We Can Make
Patrik Baboumian, a GREENFORCE ambassador and world record-breaking vegan strongman, said:
“The environmental impact of modern, meat-heavy diets is massive. This means we have a great opportunity to make big savings in our carbon footprints, as well as our land and water footprints by altering our food choices. Just by switching a few meals a week to plant-based options, we can make an incredibly positive impact for our climate and help preserve our land, soils, and water systems.
“When we look at the findings of this analysis, the results are impossible to ignore. 291 million metric tonnes of GHG could be saved from switching just two meals a week, per year, for the average UK adult. And that’s just two meals a week! Can you imagine if we can get that number up to four or five a week someday?
“Of course, it gets easier for people to switch if the plant-based meals that are available are tasty, easy-to-make, and healthy. So that’s exactly why we, GREENFORCE, have put almost a decade of research into creating meals that are not only sustainable but also delicious, practical and highly nutritional.
“We can all make a big change, one meal at a time!
This is only one of several studies demonstrating the enormous impact that dietary changes may have on the climate problem.
Another study released earlier this year discovered the potential environmental benefits of substituting plant-based foods for animal products.
Researchers discovered that simply reducing meat and dairy consumption, high-income nations could cut their agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by about two-thirds.
The research, which was published in the journal Nature Food, looked at 54 high-income nations, including Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
For a long time, the science has been clear: the most significant change you can make to address the climate crisis is to switch to a plant-based diet.
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