Culinary Institute: Plants are the Future of Protein

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The future of food lies in the power of plants, as noted by the CIA!

No, not the CIA in DC. We’re talking about the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York. The CIA is currently calling on chefs to stir health and sustainability into their meals by focusing less on meat and more on plant sources of protein.

The famous culinary school says “urgent public health and environmental reasons for a shift away from an emphasis on red meat and toward more plant-based foods, including plant proteins” are noted in its evidence-based The Protein Flip and Protein Plays, part of the Menus of Change initiative launched along with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

But CIA doesn’t stop there, stating that Protein Plays, which offers chefs ways to make these changes, “also debunks nearly a dozen common myths about animal-based protein, ranging from the arguments used to promote a meat-centered Paleo diet to concerns about insufficient consumption of dairy.”

The reports warn that Americans are eating three times more meat than the global average, with animal sources making up 85% of the protein consumed, with health and planetary risks.

But there’s plenty of good news to go around. Demand for meatless meals is growing, and many eateries are dishing them out. The market for veggie meats is expected to rise to $5.17 billion by 2020.

And with Americans now spending more on dining out than eating at home, CIA says chefs should present them with plant proteins, and “adopt next-generation approaches that simultaneously embrace and integrate indulgence, deliciousness, health and sustainability.”

And while CIA notes that if demand for animal products continues at its current rate, it could increase 70% by 2050, unsustainable with a soaring human population to feed… a recent study found that a global shift toward a vegan diet has the plant power to save more than 8 million lives and cut livestock greenhouse gas emissions by 70% – by that same year!

So, which future do we want to choose?

There are so many reasons to leave animal products off our plates. We can benefit our health, save animals and protect the planet each time we sit down to eat.

Join the future of food: visit to get started today.

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