I bet you feel pretty good about yourself right now, being an avid recycler, saying “NO” to the plastic straw, taking the bus to work, and even using a reusable coffee cup to save the trees. What if I told you there was ONE change you could make in your life that would cause more of a positive impact on your carbon footprint than all of those actions combined.
That’s right. You read that correct. We’ve been doing it all wrong. I know I like to consider myself a environmentally conscious millennial who looks for environmentally friendly products and alternatives because to me, sustainable products are the only way we can have any sort of future. How can we make this change? By getting our protein from a sustainable, eco-friendly source that can be sourced easily worldwide.
What is this new, innovative, sustainable superfood packed with protein and other essential vitamins and amino acids? CRICKETS.
No, you didn’t just hear crickets, I’m talking about eating crickets. NOW JUST WAIT! Before you close this article, give me a chance to explain!
The health industry has realized the importance of protein, but they have yet to stress the importance of the source of the protein. Not only are there an abundance of health issues that are associated with eating red meat as your main source of protein, the actual cultivation and harvesting of livestock is the number one contributor to greenhouse gases. So you’ve been thinking of buying that new electric car? Why not change your protein powder from bad for the environment Whey protein to a sustainable and extremely digestible source like Cricket protein.
After watching the documentary Cowspiracy, I delved deeper into this issue of livestock contributing to greenhouse gases, using all of our most valuable farming land to produce feed to raise the livestock, and the abundance of fresh water needed.
Here are some of the most important FACTS that were revealed:
1. Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
2. Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.
3. Methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20 year time frame.
Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2e limit by 2030, all from raising animals.
4. Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
5. Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US.
Feeling a little bit guilty and hopeless about your carbon footprint and the state of our planet? We did too. Take the first step to a smaller carbon footprint by changing how you get your protein.