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Ecological Footprint

…eating for a healthy ecosystem

The production of plant protein uses up to ten times less fossil fuel than animal protein.

Connectedness is central to the meaning of the Greek root word for ecology, oikos, and food is the most primal way that we connect with the world.

POD Cuisine cooks only with plant protein and so helps the environment by contributing to a sustainable and vibrant ecosystem.

Leguminous (pod-bearing) plants have the valuable property of fixing atmospheric nitrogen in nodules in the roots of the plant and converting it into nitrates which enrich the soil in which the plant grows…a natural fertilizer to build healthy soil.

United Nations Report - Livestock’s Long Shadow
Rome, 2006.

Climate Change is the most serious challenge facing the planet. This 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organization, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow surveys the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs and goats. But in almost every case, the world's 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame for serious damage to our environment….higher than transport.

Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

Livestock emit 37% of anthropogenic methane (with 23 times the Global Warming Potential GWP of CO2) most of that from enteric fermentation of ruminants i.e. cattle chewing the cud.

Livestock emit 65% of anthropogenic nitrous oxide (with 29 times the GWP of CO2) the great majority from manure.

Livestock are also responsible for 64% of anthropogenic ammonia emissions which contribute significantly to acid rain and acidification of ecosystems.

The livestock sector is the single largest anthropogenic user of land. Domestic animal grazing uses 26% of the ice free terrestrial surface of the earth. And 33% is dedicated to feed crop of total arable land.

Livestock accounts for 70% of all agricultural land use that is 30% of the land surface of the planet.

Livestock makes up 40% of agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) employing 1.3 billion people. Global production of meat is set to double by 2050 to 465 million tonnes.

Producing a pound of beef often requires up to 15-times the amount of water required to produce the equivalent amount of plant protein. It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water and 7 pounds of vegetable protein (grain, soy, etc) to produce one pound of beef.

Agriculture accounts for about two-thirds of all water use worldwide, far exceeding industrial and municipal use. Waste from livestock and the pesticides and fertilizers that are used to grow feed is a major source of water pollution.

Calories of fossil fuel needed to produce one calorie of protein in beef is twenty eight whilst only two calories of fossil fuel is required to produce one calorie of plant protein. To produce beef for a single hamburger takes enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 25 miles.

Eating Pod Protein enables you to make a contribution to the reduction of global warming because the smaller amounts of fossil fuels used in its production means less green house gas emissions.