Capitalize on the Growing Demand for Vegan Options

Hershey recently announced the introduction of plant-based Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups nationwide.

Plant-based versions of our popular peanut butter chocolate cups are made with oats instead of milk. Very little land and energy are required to grow oats, so production costs are low. However, Rite Aid lists the plant-based version as $2.49 for him, which is 35% higher than his $1.85 for the dairy version.

It’s appalling that Hershey, like so many other food companies, grocery stores and restaurants, is charging more for non-dairy alternatives. It seems to me that you are using reasons.

People can be lactose intolerant, and this applies to at least three-quarters of people of black or Asian descent.

People may not want dairy products out of concern for the suffering of cows. smoke.

Others may be skeptical of the idea that humans need to drink another species’ milk after weaning from their own milk.

Others may be concerned about the devastating effects of livestock farming, including deforestation, water pollution, methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide emissions, and may be tempted to purchase plant-based products. Food research found that animal agriculture (including farmed fish) uses over 83% of farmland and provides only 18% of calories. The continued expansion of livestock farming is a major driver of deforestation. Deforestation, often done by clearcutting and burning, not only depletes wildlife, but also releases much of the previously stored carbon. Reducing the number of captive animals could rewild large tracts of agricultural land, storing carbon and providing much-needed habitat for wildlife. He will not be able to meet his commitment to limit warming to 1.5 degrees (or his weaker target of 2 degrees) without significantly reducing animal food production.

Another reason to avoid dairy products is to reduce your exposure to dioxins. Dioxins are persistent toxic substances derived from chemical fertilizers, taken up by plants, and stored in animal fats.

There are all valid reasons why people want to buy animal-free products, but unfortunately we seem to live in a system where companies are all about maximizing profits.

Citizens have governments change rules so that not only businesses accumulate wealth but also promote universal access to human needs such as clean air, clean water, nutritious food, shelter and rest. I think it’s time to ask. , belonging, love, and a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

Otherwise, we may find quite a lot of truth in the following observations made by Alanis Obomsawin over 50 years ago. Your people are in a terrible need. When the last tree is felled, the last fish is caught and the last river is polluted. When you don’t feel like breathing air, it’s too late to realize that wealth isn’t in your bank account and you can’t eat money.

Caterina Lindman is a retired actuary, grandmother, and activist for the Waterloo Region Climate Initiatives.