Many of us eat meat, dairy, and eggs on a regular basis. Unfortunately, these dietary choices are not without harm to the environment. Luckily, you don't need to cut burgers and eggs from your diet entirely. Even just reducing the amount you eat makes a big difference when it comes to the planet's health. For example, a survey conducted by Impossible Foods recently found that if Americans swapped 50 percent of the beef they ate with vegan proteins, it would save about 72,000 square miles of land.
In their 2018 sustainability report, titled "Mission: Earth," the vegan brand suggests that using vegan proteins would have a seriously positive impact on the environment. For example, they suggest that the beef swap would reduce our carbon footprint by up to 45 million metric tons. What does that look like? It's roughly the same as removing emissions from 11 million U.S. drivers in one year.
The meat-to-vegan protein swap also saves water. Impossible Foods estimates that it could save up to 3.2 trillion gallons of water. For perspective, this is the amount of water that is used by 90 million Americans each year.