WHY ALTERNATIVE PROTEIN
Alternative protein sub-categories
How can Alternative Protein make a difference?
We believe that the promotion of alternative proteins helps the animal advocacy movement as a whole, due to the fact that it creates a world where it is easier not to hurt animals.
Alternative proteins will make it easier for people to not consume animal products.
We believe technology and animal advocacy nourish each other and help each other in a reciprocal way - the more conscious the people are, the larger the effort they are willing to put in for animals; and the enhanced the technology is, the less the effort is needed in order to avoid harming animals.
The Modern Agriculture Foundation’s founders, board members and volunteers are mostly animal advocacy activists.
Therefore, we are all strongly connected to cause.
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Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
The meat, dairy and egg industries create significant damage to the environment. In 2006, the UN issued a report called “Livestock's Long Shadow” which looks into the effects of the livestock industries on the environment. The report states that livestock industries are one of the more significant factors in environmental damage.
These industries are responsible for the emission of 18% of global greenhouse gasses, including 40% of methane emissions, and 65% of nitrous oxide, which are 23 times and 296 times more effective than carbon dioxide in trapping heat, respectively.
Alleviate World Hunger
15 kgs of grain are needed in order to produce one kg of meat, making raising animals for human consumption a very wasteful endeavour. Additionally, the amount of water needed in order to grow plant based foods is substantially lower than animal foods. Beef is the most wasteful, with 16,000 litres (4220 gallons) of water needed to create 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of meat. The quantities take into account the drinking water as well as the water used to create the animal’s food. In comparison, only 1600 litres (422 gallons) are needed to create 1 kg of wheat. The same study, predicts that 1 kg of cultured meat would require only 640 litres (169 gallons) of water.
The rise in global per capita meat consumption means more competition in the ever more lucrative meat market. As the market becomes more competitive, consumers expect lower prices and meat suppliers must raise and slaughter more animals in less time. The result of this heightened efficiency is more animal suffering. Including but not limited to: the disposal of male chicks by throwing them by the thousands into garbage bags and the buckling of cows, who are left to wither away slowly, without adequate medical treatment.
In addition to the forests that are cut down to provide grazing fields for livestock, much land is needed both to grow the grain to feed the animals and to dispose of their waste.
It’s not surprising that with the growing demand for meat, this land put together takes up a staggering 33% of the Earth’s land, the size of Asia. According to an Oxford study, cultured meat would require 99% less land, 80% less water and 45% less energy to grow than conventional meat.
Improve Our Food Safety
The meat industry is one of the major contributors to the outbreak of infectious diseases such as various flu viruses, salmonella and mad cow disease.
Growth hormones and antibiotics are not necessarily ingredients we want in our food. Unfortunately, for now, they are part of it. Most people eat chicken meat, which is the product of an industry aiming to be as economically efficient as possible. The chickens in this industry live for only about 38 days -the predetermined time period it takes them to reach their maximum size. This unnaturally fast growth rate is achieved by growth catalysts injected into the chickens.