People in the United States are consuming more meat and dairy alternatives. Statista recently reported that sales of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives are soaring. Purchases of milk alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk increased 20% in 2020 compared to the previous year with total sales of $2.5 billion. Sales of meat alternatives rose 45% in 2020 compared to 2019 with total sales at $1.4 billion. Other alternatives are on the rise as well, from plant-based ice cream to plant-based cheese. Image source: Statistica There are a number of reasons why people might reduce the amount of meat and dairy in their diets. These include health benefits, cutting carbon emissions , allergies, and animal welfare issues. Good for the Planet Raising cattle, sheep, pork, and poultry for consumption uses a great deal of land, requires enormous amounts of water, and produces literal tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Most sources indicate that raising cattle consumes the most water and produces the most emissions . Cows and goats are our primary milk producers and so milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products raise similar environmental issues. Oat and almond milk are reported to produce fewer greenhouse gas […]

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