Agriculture, Food and Beverage

Vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian? 3 ways to eat more sustainably

US sales of plant-based meat and milk reached $4 billion in 2021. Image: Pexels/Maarten van den Heuvel

Simon Torkington

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A graphic showing key plant-based foods sales metrics and purchase dynamics 2021.
Sales of plant-based alternatives to meat and milk hit $4 billion in the US in 2021. Image: Good Food Institute
A graph showing respondents who consumed plant-based alternatives to these foods in the past three months.
Appetite for plant-based alternative foods is growing in the US, research shows. Image: Statista.

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Plant-based protein sources have a lower carbon footprint than meat products.
Plant-based protein sources have a lower carbon footprint than meat products. Image: Our World In Data
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Grazing animals to produce food requires much more land than plant-based products. Image: Our World In Data.
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If everyone went vegan, we would only need a billion hectares to grow all the world’s food. Image: Our World In Data.
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