Environmentally Optimal, Nutritionally Sound, Protein and Energy Conserving Plant Based Alternatives to U.S. Meat

Published in Scientific Reports4.01
· DOI :10.1038/s41598-019-46590-1
Gidon Eshel7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Bard College),
Paul Stainier (Harvard University)+ -3 AuthorsAkshay Swaminathan (Harvard University)
Because meat is more resource intensive than vegetal protein sources, replacing it with efficient plant alternatives is potentially desirable, provided these alternatives prove nutritionally sound. We show that protein conserving plant alternatives to meat that rigorously satisfy key nutritional constraints while minimizing cropland, nitrogen fertilizer (Nr) and water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions exist, and could improve public health. We develop a new methodology for identifying nutritional constraints whose satisfaction by plant eaters is challenging, disproportionately shaping the optimal diets, singling out energy, mass, monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins B3,12 and D, choline, zinc, and selenium. By replacing meat with the devised plant alternatives—dominated by soy, green pepper, squash, buckwheat, and asparagus—Americans can collectively eliminate pastureland use while saving 35–50% of their diet related needs for cropland, Nr, and GHG emission, but increase their diet related irrigation needs by 15%. While widely replacing meat with plants is logistically and culturally challenging, few competing options offer comparable multidimensional resource use reduction.
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Published on May 8, 2019in Advances in Nutrition7.24
David L. Katz41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Yale University),
Kimberly N. Doughty1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Yale University)
+ 2 AuthorsChristopher D. Gardner35
Estimated H-index: 35
(Stanford University)
Published on Mar 1, 2019in International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment4.87
Senorpe Asem-Hiablie1
Estimated H-index: 1
(USDA: United States Department of Agriculture),
Thomas Battagliese1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 1 AuthorsC. Alan Rotz4
Estimated H-index: 4
(USDA: United States Department of Agriculture)
Purpose The need to assess the sustainability attributes of the United States beef industry is underscored by its importance to food security locally and globally. A life cycle assessment (LCA) of the US beef value chain was conducted to develop baseline information on the environmental impacts of the industry includ`ing metrics of the cradle-to-farm gate (feed production, cow-calf, and feedlot operations) and post-farm gate (packing, case-ready, retail, restaurant, and consumer) segments.
Published on Jun 1, 2018in Journal of Cleaner Production6.39
Craig W. Tallentire3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Newcastle University),
Sg Mackenzie4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Newcastle University),
I. Kyriazakis45
Estimated H-index: 45
(Newcastle University)
Abstract Much of the protein in the diets of European livestock is sourced from imported soybeans produced in the Americas. This protein deficit in livestock production presents a risk to social, economic and environmental progress in Europe. In this study the impact of incorporating novel ingredients into future chicken diet formulations to serve as European sourced alternatives to imported soybeans was investigated. The novel ingredients considered were: microalgae, macroalgae, duckweed, yeast...
Published on Jun 1, 2018in Science41.04
J. Poore1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Oxford),
T. Nemecek1
Estimated H-index: 1
Food’s environmental impacts are created by millions of diverse producers. To identify solutions that are effective under this heterogeneity, we consolidated data covering five environmental indicators; 38,700 farms; and 1600 processors, packaging types, and retailers. Impact can vary 50-fold among producers of the same product, creating substantial mitigation opportunities. However, mitigation is complicated by trade-offs, multiple ways for producers to achieve low impacts, and interactions thr...
Alon Shepon5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Weizmann Institute of Science),
Gidon Eshel7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Bard College)
+ 1 AuthorsRon Maymon57
Estimated H-index: 57
(Weizmann Institute of Science)
Food loss is widely recognized as undermining food security and environmental sustainability. However, consumption of resource-intensive food items instead of more efficient, equally nutritious alternatives can also be considered as an effective food loss. Here we define and quantify these opportunity food losses as the food loss associated with consuming resource-intensive animal-based items instead of plant-based alternatives which are nutritionally comparable, e.g., in terms of protein conten...
Published on Jan 1, 2018
Marion Taylor-Baer1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UCLA: University of California, Los Angeles),
Dena Herman10
Estimated H-index: 10
(CSUN: California State University, Northridge)
Nutrition is a young science. For thousands of years, foods and herbs were a major component in the armamentarium of the physician and his predecessors.
Published on Jan 1, 2018
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Published on Nov 1, 2017in The Lancet59.10
Mahshid Dehghan22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Population Health Research Institute),
Andrew Mente30
Estimated H-index: 30
(McMaster University)
+ 352 AuthorsAnders H. Rosengren84
Estimated H-index: 84
(University of Gothenburg)
Summary Background The relationship between macronutrients and cardiovascular disease and mortality is controversial. Most available data are from European and North American populations where nutrition excess is more likely, so their applicability to other populations is unclear. Methods The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study is a large, epidemiological cohort study of individuals aged 35–70 years (enrolled between Jan 1, 2003, and March 31, 2013) in 18 countries with a median fo...
Published on Aug 1, 2017in European Heart Journal23.24
Jocelyne Benatar9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Auckland City Hospital),
Ralph Stewart33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Auckland City Hospital)
Published on Jun 1, 2017in Environmental Research Letters6.19
Michael Clark6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UMN: University of Minnesota),
David Tilman138
Estimated H-index: 138
(UMN: University of Minnesota)
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