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Google’s Push For Sustainability Includes Offering Employees Less Meat At Lunch

By Nicole Caldwell

At dozens of Google cafes, spread across the country at company campuses, the diverse meal offerings have one central message: Eat less meat.

That’s because in Google’s efforts to reduce its company-wide carbon footprint, reducing meat consumption is central to becoming more eco-friendly. And that has led company chefs to experiment with mushrooms blended into burgers to reduce meat content, to perfecting a vegan taco that will please even the most carnivorous sensibilities.

Meat isn't great for the planet.

Livestock raised for eggs, dairy and meat account for 14.5 percent of all global carbon emissions. Of those sectors of the meat industry, beef and cattle are the dirtiest; comprising 41 and 19 percent of that industry’s emissions, respectively.