A plant-based food res­o­lu­tion

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Opinion -

With the glow of Christ­mas barely be­hind us, we look for­ward to the cus­tom­ary New Year’s res­o­lu­tions: re­duce so­cial me­dia, re­duce weight, and, this year, re­duce an­i­mal food con­sump­tion. One-third of con­sumers al­ready re­port re­duc­ing their con­sump­tion of an­i­mal foods.

Hun­dreds of school, col­lege, hos­pi­tal and cor­po­rate cafe­te­rias have em­braced Meat­less Mon­day. Even fast-food chains Chipo­tle, Denny’s, Pan­era, Sub­way, Taco Bell, White Cas­tle are rolling out plant-based op­tions. A dozen start-ups, led by Be­yond Meat and Im­pos­si­ble Foods, are cre­at­ing healthy, eco-friendly, com­pas­sion­ate, de­li­cious plant-based meat and dairy prod­ucts. Meat in­dus­try (and cor­po­rate pi­o­neers) have in­vested heav­ily in plant-based meat de­vel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the Plant Based Foods As­so­ci­a­tion, plant-based food sales have grown by 20% in the past year, ten times the growth rate of all foods. Sales of plantbased cheeses, cream­ers, but­ter, yo­gurts, and ice creams are ex­plod­ing at a 50% growth rate.

The plant-based New Year’s res­o­lu­tion re­quires no sweat or de­pri­va­tion -- just some fun ex­plo­ration of your fa­vorite su­per­mar­ket and food web­sites. - Craig Dal­ton, State Col­lege, PA

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