Earth Day - a time when millions of people around the world celebrate our environment by unplugging the TV, taking shorter showers, and using refillable water bottles. But did you know that you can have a positive impact on the planet just by eating less meat?
Impossible Foods, the company behind the plant-based burger with a fraction of the land, water, and climate impact of a beef burger, made news last month in announcing its intent to ramp up production.
According to a recent study from Tufts University, excessive or insufficient intakes of certain foods cause 45% of deaths related to cardio-metabolic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes
Reducetarians practice plant-based lifestyles in a variety of ways. Many participate in Meatless Mondays, some opt for Vegan Before 6, and others commit to cut out meat completely. But this January, a UK-based organization is offering yet another option by encouraging individuals to try veganism in their month long challenge, known as Veganuary.
A recently released paper by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows the overwhelming evidence that well planned plant-based “diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
Ashley Mackay found herself in a tough situation. She wanted to live a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle, but her financial situation prevented her from even putting food on the table. Enter Matt Noble, volunteer executive director of the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank (TVFB). "We don't think that people's dignity should be sacrificed because they're down on their luck," he says. And with that in mind, he launched TVFB in January 2015.
Finding reducetarian options in the United Kingdom and Ireland is now easier than ever! Vanilla Bean, developed by four app specialists and a plant-based cafe owner, uses the user's location to suggest nearby restaurants with numerous dietary options, such as meatless, organic, and gluten-free.
Tyson Foods recently made headlines for its controversial move to invest 5% in Beyond Meat, the California-based producer of meatless crumbles, meatless chili, and now, the Beyond Burger. Although investors and companies such as Bill Gates, General Mills, and the Humane Society have also contributed to Beyond Meat, Tyson’s investment is the first of its kind. Never before has a meat processor of their size partnered with a plant-based competitor.
TravelSupermarket recently published a list of the ten best cities for reducetarian travelers to visit - each of which offers a completely unique experience. Next time you're planning a vacation, consider visiting one of these plant-powered hotspots!
This past month, the 2016 Danish Ethics Council released a report that proposed increased tax regulation for climate-damaging foods. In addition to considering climate change, the Council also highlighted the ethical implications in the production and consumption of such foods.
The East Coast's largest inland estuary is at environmental risk! Thankfully, reducing meat consumption is enough to prevent further damage, and may even help to reverse the harmful effects of pollution.
Over 120 school districts across the United States now participate in Meatless Mondays as a way to educate kids about reducetarian lifestyles that are healthy, compassionate, and environmentally friendly.
Certified dietitian Alice Ma has begun to revolutionize the dining experience for students and faculty at Washington State University by advocating for an expansive menu of meatless options across campus.