One Cool Thing: Plant-Based Picks Up

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Plant-based products are sweeping the nation, not just in households, but in America’s restaurants too. Marie Molde, a dietitian and trends analyst at the research firm Datassential, says that the plant-based Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger appear on 5% of the nation’s menus, and 71% of Americans have tried plant-based meat. Now, plant-based companies are making cheese and milk for vegetarians, vegans, and “flexitarians” alike.

 

What’s more: plant-based diets can help fight climate change. A 2020 report from the World Wildlife Fund found that shifting toward plant-based diets can help reverse biodiversity loss, feed the world on existing cropland, keep humanity within the carbon budget for food, achieve negative emissions, and optimize crop yields.

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