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Which Vegan Burger Is Best for the Environment?

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Transitioning to a plant-based diet can significantly improve the health of the planet. The United Nations is urging countries to phase out dairy and meat production to mitigate climate change and improve food production systems. You can join us in taking action on related issues here

Eating hamburgers with your friends for lunch isn’t going to destroy the planet — the environmental impact of beef comes from the scale of its production and consumption worldwide.

But the scale has gotten so out of control that all meat eaters — particularly people in wealthy countries — have a role to play in shifting the global food system.

In the US alone, the average person eats the equivalent of about 2.4 quarter-pound patties per day, according to Quartz. Between 1998 and 2018, global beef consumption increased by 85%, with most of this growth coming from China’s exploding meat market. As burger demand grows, beef production is expanding, a trend that has catastrophic implications for the planet.