“The demand for meat is outgrowing our ability to supply meat and has a negative impact upon the environment. At present, 30% of the Earth’s surface is used for livestock production, and an alarming 44% of the world’s grain harvest is diverted to industrialized meat production. Not only that, but the livestock farming industry is responsible for emitting 14.5% of greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere.
With the demand for meat set to rise and not fall, scientists have begun turning their attention to alternative sources of protein. In 2015, a team of Dutch researchers at Maastricht University grew the world’s first burger in a laboratory which – despite costing more than €250,000 to produce – could be cheaper than conventionally farmed beef in the long run. Other scientists have chosen to focus on insect meat as a sustainable protein alternative, with at least 2 billion people worldwide already enjoying insects as part of their diets. Other alternatives include plant-based substitutes to chicken and ground beef and egg whites without the need for hens.”
To find out more about the two main contenders – lab grown meat and insect-rich diets – check out the full infographic below.
Almonds, and cashews, and hazelnuts, oh my! Almost every type of nut pack a nutritional punch. And here’s a bonus: Eating nuts high in unsaturated fats as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart, too!
“While many of us are already familiar with electric cars, there are numerous other energy options for motorists who may prefer to deviate from gasoline. Hydrogen, biofuels, ethanol, propane and solar power are just some of the alternative on offer for the ‘greener’ motorist. Be aware, though, that each of these options has their downsides, and refuelling stations for alternative fuels are still in very short supply, although this is likely to change over the next few years.”
“It might keep your coffee hot without burning your hand, but plastic foam – more commonly known as Styrofoam – is one of the most harmful materials around when it comes to the environment. This petroleum-based plastic has gained a lot of negative attention in recent years, prompting bans in many cities such as New York City and Washington D.C.”