As you may already know. Not all proteins are the same - it can be put together in many different ways and thus be more or less good for your body. But the choice of proteins also has a great influence on our environment and society, as you will see in a moment.
What does my protein consumption have to do with the environment?
More than you might think. Because a food often has a very long way to go before it lands on your plate. So let's take a closer look at the environmental consequences of producing animal and plant proteins: Did you know that for the production of animal foods like milk, cheese, whey, egg, meat...
... round 14.5% of greenhouse gases emitted worldwide be generated? This is the official value since 2013, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Recent studies even speak of a share of around 30%. Emissions of the greenhouse gases methane (from the digestion of farm animals) and nitrous oxide (from fertilisers, combustion) are much more harmful to the climate than carbon dioxide: Methane is 25 times more harmful, nitrous oxide almost 300 times. Vegan nutrition could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80%. For example, for one kilogram of ready-to-eat soya mince, only 0.8kg of CO2 is emitted, and for organic production even only 0.4kg. This is over 100 times less than beef (36kg CO2 per 1kg beef) and 50 times less than whey (the whey protein found in most protein shakes: 17,5kg CO2 per 1kg Whey). The values for seitan and tofu are similarly low as those of soya hack.
… 91% of the Amazon cleared for livestock farming were? Huge areas of rainforest are cleared daily to plant soya in their place. But this is not processed into soy milk and tofu: over 90% of the soya cultivated worldwide are used as feed for farm animals. (By the way, to do something against the massive deforestation, we plant one tree for every product sold.)
... up to 15.500 litres of water in the production of 1kg of beef? You use the same amount of water if you shower every day for a year! The water is used for irrigating the feed, as drinking water, for cleaning the stables and for further processing.
... valuable soils are rendered barren? Monocultures for animal feed and overgrazing lead to soil compaction and erosion. This drastically reduces the area on which anything can be cultivated. (Our Mangroves counteract soil erosion by the way).
The side effects of animal proteins
But animal protein sources do not only affect the environment. There are also quite a few Civilisation diseases associated with the consumption of animal products, such as high blood pressure, kidney stones, obesity, gout, Type II diabetes and lymphomas. About Whey, it is now also known Acne Diseases favored. Furthermore, it cannot be ruled out that when you ingest animal proteins, you may also take antibiotics that were actually administered to the animals. This can lead to resistance to these Antibiotics so that they are no longer effective when you might need them.
For a Study of 2016 the effect of plant and animal proteins on the health status was investigated. It was found that the risk of death and heart attack decreases when the proportion of plant proteins in the diet increases - and conversely, the risk of heart attack increases when the consumption of animal proteins increases.
So if you include more vegetable proteins in your diet, you are not only doing something good for the environment, but also for yourself. That's why, by the way, we at nupro also rely exclusively on vegetable protein from peas and sunflowers - in combination with fibre, vitamins and minerals.