On the occasion of World MeatOut Day, Foods for Tomorrow has analyzed the environmental impact of the entire population substituting animal meat with plant-based for one day
5 million Olympic swimming pools full of water and more than 3 million Camp Nou stadiums in crop area could be saved
Every day, 907 tons of animal meat are consumed in the world according to Our World in Data: 117 grams per person
Barcelona, March 19th, 2020; - For the last 35 years, every March 20th is the “World MeatOut Day”. On this occasion, the plant-based meat start-up, Foods for Tomorrow, has decided to send a consciousness message by analyzing the environmental impact of substituting for just one day all the animal meat consumed in the world with its plant-based protein Heura.
According to Our World in Data, on average, one person consumes 117 grams of meat per day, which means that 907 tons are consumed every day among the 7.7 billion people in the world. Based on these figures, Bernat Añaños, co-founder of Foods for Tomorrow, explains that "every day we could be reducing our environmental footprint by 50,883 tons of CO2 only by substituting animal meat with a plant-based one like Heura”."This is the same amount of emissions generated by a car crossing the whole world 5,214,434 times! " adds Añaños.
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The environmental impact of consuming animal meat on a daily basis does not end here. The same report shows that each day 13,191 billion liters of water could be saved, enough to fill 5,276,200 Olympic swimming pools. In addition, the land surface that could be liberated by producing Heura instead of feeding the cattle is the equivalent to 3,226,583 Camp Nou (football stadiums): more than 23 million square meters.
Likewise, 17,687 tons less of cereals and legumes are needed to produce 907 tons of Heura than to feed the cattle necessary to consume 907 tons of animal meat. The weight of 431,378 aircrafts in resources could be saved on MeatOut Day according to this study.
"The positive impact of celebrating MeatOut Day on our planet is huge, and probably just a few people know about it," says the co-founder of Foods for Tomorrow. "There is a lack of information on the environmental footprint of meat consumption, we must deliver it because without information there is no power” concludes Añaños.