What is plant-based milk's environmental impact?

They're made from soy, coconut or almonds, but are plant-based milks really that eco-friendly?

09/30/2018 8:43 AMupdated: 06/26/2019 4:23 PM
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  • Amy H.
    09/30/2018 09:21

    Vegans will not like you for this, you know that right? 😂

  • Anup C.
    09/30/2018 09:33

    before preaching same stupid bullshits compare the whole resources used for animals production with resources needed for plant based diet. you can actually see the scenario. besides this you have no idea how much foods are being deliberately wasted for profits. have you take the account of how many fossil fuels, oceans fish and water are being used for production of animals products??? so your fragmented data is manipulating the viewers. if viewers did the research about the actual environmental, health cost of consuming animals products, they wouldn't believe that

  • Anup C.
    09/30/2018 09:36

    This a piece I did in July. If not perfect, can be amended. One thing sure, the size of destruction we allow forthe oceans is dwarfed by the big players. A Zuckerberg, or say Qatar, could stop ocean harvesting with a fraction of their fortune. --------- Piece of the story estimated: 900 Million tons of sea animals per year are removed from the environment, much more than thought. Economic value of this activity is 130 billion dollars per year. I was curious to understand, reading about our love affair with chicken eggs.. Can a calculation of an estimate of cost and benefit of industrial farming and fishing of the ocean be made. I did the following. Calculation for an estimate of the amount by weight of sea animals per year we remove from the environment, and its economic value. (Data publically available, material, roughly:) Chickens - 20 billion per year - Average age at death say 6 months - Say, between all age levels 1kg average each - Feed 1 kg per week - Estimated 10% fishmeal content - One kg fishmeal uses 4 kg sea animals - = 16 billion kg per week - = 200 million tons of sea animals per year Pigs - slaughtered at 60-80 kg at age 6 months - So say average weight between all age levels 30 kg - Number slaughtered per year 1 billion - Feed 2.5 kg per day - Estimated 10% fishmeal content - One kg fishmeal uses 4 kg sea animals - = 350 million tons of sea animals per year - Total consumption of sea produce for chicken and pig feed: 550 million tons per year Let's assume that less than the optimal percentage fishmeal is used, say 5%. This would mean that - Total consumption of sea produce for chicken and pig feed: 275 million tons per year - Other uses for fishmeal. This indicates that the result from the above calculation should be about tripled: 'Fish meal is primarily used as a protein supplement in compound feed. As of 2010, about 56% of fish meal was used to feed farmed fish, about 20% was used in pig feed, about 12% in poultry feed, and about 12% in other uses, which included fertilizer.' [ dare I mention petfood ] - Total consumption of sea animals not for direct human consumption: ~ 800 million tons per year - Total human consumption of sea animals: ~ 100 million tons per year (Additionally, ~ 70 million tons of sea animals is farmed) -> Currently 900 million tons of sea animals per year are removed from the environment. Economic value - Fishmeal value $400 per ton - One kg fishmeal uses 4 kg sea animals - value produce for direct human consumption $500 per ton - 900 million tons of sea animals per year, 800 m tons animal feed, 100 m tons direct human consumption -> 130 billion dollars total production per year

  • Ollie B.
    09/30/2018 09:51

    Jay Bowie

  • Nika Ž.
    09/30/2018 09:58

    You are however, forgetting only a small percentage (2-3%) of soy is going directly to consumers, the rest is grown for animal feed. Eliminate animal products means also eliminating soy.

  • Sara A.
    09/30/2018 10:03

    do you have any info about oat milk? thanks

  • Zachary J.
    09/30/2018 10:11

    You’re just highlighting how humans irreversibly started annihilating the planet with agriculture. We can’t go back. We’re fucked

  • Eva L.
    09/30/2018 10:30

    Hhhhmmmmm...... pesticides? Also if organic? Local milk: plant based? cow based? How about oat milk? Hemp seed? Buckwheat? Less biased, please.

  • Joseph S.
    09/30/2018 11:20


  • Ria M.
    09/30/2018 11:27

    Oat milk then?!

  • Paula S.
    09/30/2018 12:11

    Oat milk or milk from regional nuts 🙂 all almost behind the window.

  • Hillary K.
    09/30/2018 12:13

    What if you can’t drink milk for health reasons??

  • Karen L.
    09/30/2018 12:28

    The point is it's not natural to have cows become dairy cows for their whole life, manipulating them unnecessarily, it's cruel.

  • Anna U.
    09/30/2018 12:57

    All of these manufactured “milks” contain emulsifiers to hold the ingredients together that don’t really belong together. Newer research is showing the detrimental effects emulsifiers (natural and artificial) have on the human body. They damage the intestinal lining, lead to GI inflammation, interfere with satiety (the stomach’s ability to tell the brain you’re full) and can lead to chronic disease. (And since the FDA says these emulsifiers are safe, you’ll find them in a lot of “all-natural,” “organic” foods too. 😉

  • Bárbara B.
    09/30/2018 13:25

    You forgot to point out the animal suffering in agriculture. Also: O R G A N I C.

  • Tina C.
    09/30/2018 13:31

    Allergic to cows milk, I only use a little coconut milk in my coffee on the weekends. Other than that, I don’t need any milk. It’s truly disgusting how they get it from constantly pregnant cows anyway.

  • Antony W.
    09/30/2018 15:00

    Replace all the diary farms with plant Base that then makes this video irrelevant.....

  • Ervington N.
    09/30/2018 15:02

    Making Walnut milk (or any of your choice is easy) soak them in water for 8 hours, blend in some fresh water with a half of teaspoon if vanilla, add some agave if you like with a pinch of sea salt then strain with a cheese cloth or a strainer and chill. Enjoy..

  • Joy E.
    09/30/2018 15:26

    Yup always organic. And you can make this stuff yourself easily. Also. There are other options on the market. I guess there just choosing a few. Hemp mill, oat milk, and also nothing with canola or palm oil. All still much better than many cows milk.

  • Hanadi O.
    09/30/2018 15:48