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Meat-based agriculture is a big greenhouse gas emitter.
One-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions and 10% of US emissions in 2019 came from the agricultural sector. The meat-centric Western diet supports methane-emitting cattle ranching and land-use dedicated to mono-cropping for feedstock - both unsustainable agricultural practices.
Plant-based and plant-rich diets can reduce emissions.
Emissions from cattle-raising can be mitigated through balanced diets. Plant-based and sustainably produced animal sourced food can both curb the global warming potential of agriculture and help us lead healthier lives.
Project Drawdown estimates that if 50-75% of the world's population restricts their diets to a healthy average of 2,250 calories a day and reduces meat consumption overall, the world can reduce up to 68 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Companies are making plant-based food attractive.
Convincing every person in the world to go vegetarian or vegan is probably out of the question, especially given the short timeframe we have to combat climate change. But there are many companies that are making plant-based foods and protein sources, as well as alternative meat products, that would appeal to non-vegetarians and non-vegans. The challenge is for these companies to scale as fast as possible.
In the Climate Index, we take all of the companies that make plant-based food products. We take out penny stocks whose share prices were lower than $0.50 in our last update. Then we exclude companies that also make foods that include animal products and tobacco products. So the Climate Index includes the companies that are at the forefront of expanding plant-based diets.
If you are a Carbon Collective member, you own all of these companies through the Climate Index.
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|Oatly Group AB (OTLY)
Oatley makes alternatives to dairy products from oats like milk, frozen desserts, and yogurt. Plant-based food can greatly cut emissions from agriculture
|Beyond Meat (BYND)
Beyond Meat makes burgers, sausages, beef, and meatballs from plant-based sources. Plant-based diet can massively cut emissions from agriculture
|The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN)
HAIN sells meat alternative and plant-based food made from soy, rice, oats, almonds and coconut. Plant-based food is a key Drawdown solution
|SunOpta Inc. (STKL)
SunOpta makes plant-based and fruit-based food and beverage products. Plant-based diet can cut emissions from agriculture
|Burcon NutraScience Corp. (BRCN)
BRCN makes plant proteins and ingredients that go into food and beverage products. Plant-based food can massively cut emissions from agriculture
|Laird Superfood, Inc. (LSF)
Laird Superfood makes plant-based and functional foods for optimal well-being and high-performance. Plant-based diet is a key Drawdown solution
|MeaTech 3D Ltd. (MITC)
MeaTech makes lab-grown meat that’s 3D printed using stem cells. Their process doesn’t harm animals. Meat-free diet can massively cut agriculture emissions