It isn’t uncommon for entrepreneurs to be philanthropists. They run some of the world’s largest charitable organisations. But it isn’t often that you find someone who sells their multi-million dollar business and sets up a nonprofit that works to eradicate poverty with the money.
But it isn’t often that you find someone who sells their multi-million dollar business and sets up a nonprofit that works to eradicate poverty with the money.
Americans eat around three burgers a week ||
You walk into a burger restaurant. What’s going through your mind? Double meat with extra bacon and cheese? Brown bun or added slice of avocado? Environmental degradation or ecological preservation?
You probably don’t think about the latter. But maybe you should.
Research shows that if cows were a nation, they would be the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter. As humans, meat production is one of the most destructive ways in which we leave our footprint on the planet.
Hectares of rainforest in South America are cleared for cattle, to make our favorite classic burgers and steaks. One average quarter pounder beef burger drains around 1,695 liters of water, depending on where it is made, from precious resources.
Yet our demand for meat is going up. The Food and Agriculture Organization projects an increase of 76 per cent in global meat consumption by 2050. More meat will be eaten than ever before in our history.
And we will pay the environmental and human price—unless we make a change now.
What are the alternatives?
We need to eat less or sustainably reared meat in parts of the world where meat consumption per person is high. Even replacing red meat with chicken can be more environmentally friendly.
Manufacturers of vegan and plant-based meat alternatives point out that their products typically contain less fat and cholesterol than their processed beef equivalent. There is a small but growing trend for meat-free “meat”.
UN Environment’s Champions of the Earth winners Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have done research to strip the basic building blocks of meat down to protein, fat, water and trace minerals, recreating meat entirely from plants—at a fraction of the cost to the environment.
Research by Beyond Meat and the University of Michigan Study found that the amount of water in your average swimming pool can produce 312 beef burgers or 60,837 Beyond Burgers.
The research also shows that Americans eat around three burgers a week. If one of these was swapped for a Beyond Meat plant-based alternative burger for one year, it would be like taking the greenhouse gases from 12 million cars off the road for a year.
Both companies say their burgers require between 75 – 99 per cent less water; 93 – 95 per cent less land; and generate 87 – 90 per cent fewer emissions than regular beef burgers, consuming nearly half the energy to make.
These calculations factor in primary raw materials like ingredients, including coconut oil, citrus extract, potato starch and water, and transport, lighting and cold store distribution.
It’s time to weigh up the real cost of that burger.
#ElectionNight 2018 is a historic occasion. Rashida Tlaib (left) & Ilhan Omar (right) are officially the first two Muslim women in U.S. history to be elected to Congress. These powerful women are now etched into the history books. More power to them! Absolutely brilliant.
The best story on #ElectionNight is that of Ilhan Omar. She is a former African refugee from Somalia and one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. She is now serving the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota. What an improbable journey. Historic.
We are honored! Won’t forget it! you’re awesome!
• If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
• Thank the person who gave you the award
• Include a link to their blog
• Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
Seven things about me:
Myself Er. Mukhtar Zahid, B.E (Production) from M.I.T. Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.
I am social activist and the President @saverango since 2009.
Father of two children, elder one is my son, Ammar Zahid,studying in 7th Std. and younger one is my doughter, Sarah Zahid, studying in 5th Std.
My wife Razia Sultana, an assistant teacher at a primary school.
I like watching News and TV shows and sometimes old movies!
My birthday is 13th December.
I launched an English Newspaper “Decent Pointer” on 1st January 2010 but unfortunately I couldn’t be able to continue it due to financial problems and stopped its publication after six months of lauch.
I would like to restart my Newspaper in future!
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┃ Welcome! Please take time to check out the awesome blogs of my nominees!
If you have already been nominated for this award or if I nominated you for a different award, no biggie. Just know that I think you are great!
I recommend checking out those blogs including
They’re all super awesome. And if I forgot to tag you, my deepest apologies. You’re still the awesomest!
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Did you know?
Most of the world’s people live no more than 200 miles from the sea;
Decolonization changed the face of the planet, creating more than 80 nations;
Women in the labour market still earn on average a quarter less than men globally.
May this #Dessehra bring peace, joy and prosperity in your life!