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Oli Guei

Posted on • Originally published at bbc.co.uk

What's your diet's carbon footprint?

Food production

Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a University of Oxford study. The study also indicated that beef and lamb have the most damaging effect on the environment.

According to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we can reduce our carbon footprint by switching to plant-based diet.

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Yves Gaston

I’ve been looking at companies like Impossible foods and it looks like they’re making good advances in perfecting their meat free product texture and taste to the point where you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s not meat.

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I think companies like Impossible Foods will get to the point where they made products indistinguishable to natural meat - only a matter of time. The hard part will be convincing enough humans to make the switch.

I can see a tough battle with the meat industry in defining “meat” as soon as IF and others start to significantly eat into the meat industry’s profits.

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Ben Halpern

My wife and I threw a 4th of July party and served Beyond Meat burgers and sausages and they were a major hit among people who'd generally skeptical of this sort of thing. In America there is a certain cultural importance of burgers and sausages etc. for these kinds of gatherings, so it's really great to see how good these products have gotten.

I still think it takes a bit more skill to cook these products vs meat, but if you get it right people absolutely love it. My friend's dad from Mississippi was the biggest litmus test for these products and it was a big success!

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Julie Wong • Edited on

The beef industry is already mad at them. This is from a 2019 Washington Post article. washingtonpost.com/business/2019/0...

If they’re smart, they’ll adapt and make their own alternative meat products to compete.

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Emilie Scofield

I always feel like it’s an uncomfortable truth to think about when I actually factor in the carbon footprint of the food I eat. I can’t always get locally sourced produce and of the food travels from far away.