UN Awards Meat-Free Innovators

The Beyond Burger generates 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a meat patty.

To address the undeniable inefficiencies in livestock production, the United Nations has recognized the CEOs of Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods as top food innovators in its 2018 "Champions of the Earth" awards. As climate change has us scrambling for sustainable alternatives, these food tech leaders have found a way to completely displace animal agriculture.

According to Beyond Meat's life-cycle analysis report, conducted by experts at the University of Michigan, the Beyond Burger...

  • generates 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a meat patty
  • requires 46% less energy
  • has more than 99% less impact on water scarcity
  • has more than 93% less impact on land use

“There is no pathway to achieve the Paris climate objectives without a massive decrease in the scale of animal agriculture," says the United Nations Environment Programme.

The UNEP declares that the immensely destructive impact of animal agriculture far exceeds that of any other technology to date.

"We believe that by transitioning acreage currently dedicated to animal feed into protein crops that can be used directly for human consumption in the form of meat from plants, we can bring a step-change in efficiency, much needed innovation, and sustainable economic growth to rural economies here in the US and abroad," says Ethan Brown, founder and CEO of Beyond Meat.

Patrick O. Brown of Impossible Foods agrees: "Based on all we’ve learned, there's no question that the use of animals as a food-production technology will soon be obsoleteMaking meat directly from plants is not only far less destructive to the environment, but it will enable meat to be more delicious, healthy, diverse, and affordable."

Read the full UNEP article here.


Here at v-dog, we're all about feeding our pups a sustainable and nutritious diet. Since 2005, we've seen thousands of dogs live long, happy lives on our vegan kibble, all while drastically reducing their eco pawprint. Dogs of all shapes and sizes can reap the benefits of a clean, plant-based diet, and many experience major health turnarounds after making the switch. Read stories from some of our canine customers here!

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Sources: VegNews, United Nations Environment Programme

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