A plant-based food resolution
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