Which Vegan Burger Is Best for the Environment?
All plant-based burgers are better for the planet than beef.
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.