Try plant-based foods in the New Year

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Opinion -

With the glow of Christ­mas barely be­hind us, we look for­ward to the new year and 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 are rolling out plant-based op­tions.

A dozen start-ups are cre­at­ing healthy, ecofriendly, com­pas­sion­ate, con­ve­nient, de­li­cious plant-based meat and dairy prod­ucts. Meat in­dus­try gi­ants have in­vested heav­ily in plant­based meat de­vel­op­ment. So have a num­ber of Mi­crosoft, Google, Twit­ter, and PayPal pi­o­neers.

Ac­cord­ing to Plant­Based 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. Plant-based milks now ac­count for 15% of the milk mar­ket.

The plant-based New Year’s res­o­lu­tion re­quires no sweat or de­pri­va­tion — just some fun ex­plo­ration of your fa­vorite su­per­mar­ket and food web­sites.

– Ron Hen­der­son, Rock Hill

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