See how much Impact Zenergybar is making for the Environment
Eating a plant-based diet is not just good for our health; it is good for Earth’s health. In fact, “Shifting away from animal-based foods [could not only] add up to 49% to the global food supply without expanding croplands;” but would also significantly reduce carbon emissions and waste byproducts that end up in our oceans and as seafood byproducts (Jalava et al, 2014).
If each and every person in the United States gave up meat and dairy products on one or more days of the week; ideally, all days of the week, we would save the environment from thousands of tons of carbon emissions. In fact, in one year, animal husbandry creates as much carbon emissions as the entire transportation sector.
Similarly, by reducing our animal-based foods consumption, we would reduce our water use at least by half as animal husbandry utilizes more than 50% of fresh water.
These reductions would reduce the direct and indirect threats to Earth’s health and habitability for us, and for all wildlife, flora, and fauna.
As for nutritional concerns: Pound-for-pound, gallon-for-gallon, animal-sourced foods use vastly more water and carbon to produce than plant-based foods. However; ounce-for-ounce, the amount of protein that you get from plant-sources, such as legumes, seeds, and grains, is closely on par, plus full of other healthful nutrients including fiber, sterols, stanols, and vitamins and minerals.
To put this into context:
- 1 pound of beef requires anywhere between 2000 and 8,000 gallons of water to produce, according to studies conducted by UC Davis. Much of this water is used in creating the feed for the cows, whether it is grass or grain (Beckett & Oltjen, 1993).
- Similarly, 1 gallon of cow’s milk requires 1950 gallons of water.
- Conversely, 1 pound of Tofu requires 302 gallons of water to produce, and it requires 290 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of unprocessed oats.
|1 pound of beef = 90-100 grams protein||Costs 20 – 80 gallons of water per gram protein|
|1 gallon of milk = 128 grams of protein||Costs 15 gallons of water per gram protein|
|1 pound of tofu = 45-55 grams of protein||Costs 6 gallons of water per gram protein|
|1 pound of oats = 75 grams of protein||Costs 3.8 gallons of water per gram protein|
From a water perspective, using simple mathematics, it is much more efficient and cost-effective to eat plant foods than animal foods. From a greenhouse gas emissions perspective, it is without doubt; significantly better for the environment to eat plant-based foods.
If we all eliminated meat and milk from our diets and went to plant sources of these foods, we would be saving at least 50% of our water use. We would be saving untouched habitats (Rainforests, marshes) from being destroyed to produce more livestock feed, and we would be creating less pollution in our waterways, streams, and oceans that indirectly threaten human, animal, and plant lives.
What are some ways you can make a positive impact? Snack mindfully! Getting a plant based option to snack on is easy with ZENERGYBAR! Every ZENERGYBAR is packed with plant-based nutrition good for you and the environment. Our partnerships with vendors like @palmdoneright @multipleorganics @lochheadvanilla @woodspurfarms @tierrafarm all have sustainability and environmental impact programs in place. We are proud to partner with these vendors as well move in the direction of an environmentally conscious world.
The great thing about ZENERGYBAR is that we are making it easier for you and U to find the healthy foods that support the mission sustainability and ethically sourced foods by our mindful supply chain and transparency.