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The Dangerous Rise of Global Meat Consumption

The Dangerous Rise of Global Meat Consumption

Most people in the world today consume meat on a daily basis. This was not the case a century ago, with more people following vegetarian diets and meat being a weekly or even monthly delicacy in certain parts of the world. Since the 1960s, global meat consumption has been rising at an alarming rate, with an estimated increase of up to 500%. This is mainly attributed to population growth and rising incomes in developing nations where meat is not central to the traditional diet, like in India. Increased consumption of meat also means an increase in demand, followed by an increase in production which can be dangerous for both the environment and human health.

Different animal products produce different amounts of environmental risk. The leading cause of global warming is industrial cattle farming, which includes dairy production. The beef industry creates vast amounts of greenhouse gases and requires a high-water input, making it very harmful for the environment especially at the scale at which meat is consumed in the 21st century. Heavy pollution is also caused by these processes. Commercial fishing doesn’t require the same hefty inputs as other meats but is one of the leading causes of plastic pollution in the ocean.

Other sources of meat like poultry, pork and mutton have less environmental impact, but can still be dangerous for human health if overconsumed. The condition of the facilities that meat is produced and packaged in is essential to its impacts on our health. These facilities often act as breeding grounds for disease and bacteria, and is famously the origin of COVID-19. Some animals, especially poultry, are pumped with antibiotics and steroids to avoid these situations, but this still impacts our health as the chemicals from these animals then enter the human body and can cause other non-viral ailments.

Within the last century, because meat consumption has increased tenfold only within a few generations, our diets and nutritional balances have changed vastly in a limited amount of evolutionary time. Many of our ancestors used to only eat plant-based foods on a seasonal basis until an animal was captured by hunters every few weeks, however this varies based on where in the world you are from. The quick shift of primarily plant-based to carnivorous diets occurred faster than we can evolve, therefore might have consequences on the human body. Many scientists believe that heavy consumption of red meat specifically can increase the risk of cancer later in life, especially when we are not living the outdoorsy and active lifestyles that our ancestors did.

Luckily, plants offer other protein sources that are much healthier for the human body and the environment. In fact, vegan diets are known to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by half compared to meat and dairy eaters. From legumes to soybean products, there are a plethora of available plant-based protein sources, including HerbYvore’s pea paneer, which provides sufficient protein, fat, calcium, and fiber, all while using less than half of the resources than cow products. HerbYvore’s pea paneer acts as a sustainable and safe alternative to meat, so consider swapping out a carnivorous meal this week for a healthy plant-based pea paneer dinner.

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HerbYvore celebrates Hari Raya

With Hari Raya Haji being around the corner, we thought of sharing few sustainably delicious vegan eateries that our fellow Muslim friends can check out to dine in at (oh please do not forget that it is limited to 5 pax!)

 

  1. Warung Ijo (Hands down, one of our personal favourites) 

Warung Ijo serves an array of authentic Indonesian dishes such as Gulai Fish & Asam Fish (yes, these items are completely vegan) that are so rich in flavour that you’d almost forget that these are actually vegan! Mind blowing, isn’t it? 

However, just a heads up. Not all the dishes are completely vegan. Despite that, you’d still be able to customize your orders accordingly to ensure it is such. 

Another attention-grabbing thing about this place is that it is very affordable that it probably tempts you to order more than required. But who is complaining about having more good vegan food, right? ?

Warung Ijo
337 Beach Rd, Singapore 199565
Operating Hours: 11am to 3pm, 5-9pm
Contact: 8857 8600

Whole Earth serves a variety of malay & Chinese dishes that are sure to satisfy your tummy and your soul. One of their signature favourites is the Penang Rendang (made of Shiitake Mushroom) & Asam Pedas vegetables. Oh, not to mention, this entire restaurant is 100% vegan ? Whole earth is also the first plant-based restaurant to be awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for 4 consecutive years 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019. Price range wise, it is slightly pricier but it sure is worth it!

 

Whole Earth
76 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079331
Operating Hours: 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Contact: 6221 6583

 

For those who prefer to have a cosy stay-home celebration, we have a simple yet sustainably delicious recipe that you can try at the comfort of your homes. Fret not, I promise it is a recipe that can be whipped up within 20 minutes. ?

HerbYvore Pea Paneer Sambal 

Ingredients

1 pack of HerbYvore Pea Paneer – cubed

1 large onion – chopped

3 cloves of garlic – chopped

1 bird eye chili (for those who prefer it to be spicier, feel free to add more!) 

1 tbsp of Chili Powder

Cooking oil of your choice 

Pinch of salt 

*Optional: 1 tsp of brown refined sugar to add a little sweetness to the sambal 

 

Method:

In a frying pan, add sufficient amount of oil till it is heated up well. 

Add chopped onion and sauté it. Subsequently, add the chopped garlics and the bird eye chili.  Sauté them well. 

Add the chili powder and a pinch of salt. You will see a nice bright red colour sambal sauce in the making.

Add HerbYvore Pea Paneer cubes into it and saute them well till it has absorbed all the flavours (Optional: if you’d like a crunch added on, you can choose to deep fry to cubes prior to this separately) 

Optional: You can garnish it with coriander leaves 

& HerbYvore Pea Paneer Sambal is ready to be served! 

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Supply Chain Transparency of Herbyvorefoods

Having a clear understanding of the processes involved in food production used to be simple and readily available for the daily consumer. In today’s fast-paced and heavily competitive climate, this has unfortunately become a concept of the past. As supply chains have become more complex and multinational, many producers skip out on explaining how their products are made, allowing them to use unethical and unsustainable practices behind their consumers’ backs. For the consumer to know what is entailed in each step of the supply chain for the production of their favourite products helps them to make informed decisions about the food entering their body. This process is called supply chain transparency. Supply chain transparency includes labour rights, product integrity, and environmental responsibility. At Herbyvore, traceability is made a top priority, so that our customers are aware that they are getting a true and sustainable bang for their buck.

HerbYvore’s pea paneer is made from peas farmed in Canada, which are then transported under minimal cold chain conditions to Singapore. It is then locally manufactured under the highest hygiene and quality standards into the paneer blocks available for purchase at your local NTUC Finest. Herbyvore’s parent company, Agrocorp, specialises in the trade of staple food products like pulses and wheat, so you can ensure that the pea protein is being transported in good hands.

The labour involved with creating pea paneer begins in Canada, where farmers are strategically contracted to produce high-quality pea protein in our processing plant in Saskatchewan. Maintaining good relationships and contact with our Canadian farmers ensures social sustainability, allowing for workers’ rights and safe conditions. Our pea paneer has been given numerous certifications by reputable agencies to ensure product integrity of all sorts. Our protein extraction plant in Cut Knife, Saskatchewan was HACCP certified by the Canadian Grain Commission for ensured food safety management and food quality. Closer to home, our local manufacturing processes and final product are certified by Singapore Food Agency for maximum quality, and the Pea Paneer is also Halal Certified. These certifications guarantee and contribute to product integrity, which is a key component of supply chain transparency and ultimately sustainability. 

Environmental responsibility is of key importance to sustainability achievement. Recognizing the input and footprint of production is followed by constructing methods to limit these, subsequently limiting damage to the environment. Performing all steps of the supply chain using the least environmental footprint is the goal of environmental responsibility. Pea Paneer is already a sustainable product because of its use of pea protein over dairy. Pea paneer uses less than half the amount of water and land input than dairy paneer, and a quarter of its carbon emissions. Environmental sustainability is of utmost importance to Herbyvore. 

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How to spend a Sustainable day in Singapore?

So, you made the decision to go against the world and turned a plant-based eater overnight. But believe it or not, taking a huge decision like this comes with its own set of hurdles. Everyone loves trying out new places almost as much as they love returning to their old favourite spots. They love exploring new menu items and discovering new ways to consume the foods they enjoy the most.

Eating out can be both a wonderful and a very risky, especially when you are on a sustainable diet. From scrutinizing the ingredients to spending hours on analysing the dishes, doubting the restaurants’ ethical policies.

Devoted plant-based eaters are on cloud nine, when they are sure that the restaurant follows a 100% sustainable food menu. They will not have the hassle spending hours on the menu and are able to order whatever they like without analysing the ingredient list.

In Dec 2019, PETA Asia declared Singapore as Asia’s second most favourite sustainable city. From Herbyvore’s Pea Paneer to Mock meat burgers and dairy free ice creams, Singapore is becoming the paradise for plant-based eaters.

Here is how you can spend a sustainable day in Singapore.

  1. Breakfast at Loving Hut Singapore

Char Siew, Otah, TeoChew Roll, you name it. All of it can be found in one single venue. Loving Hut Singapore is a vegan restaurant that provides a range of local breakfast favourites. Having a plant based char siew in Singapore is probably one of the dreams for many locals here. They also serve other local dishes such as Braised Tofu Yam. It is slightly pricey in comparison to Greendot but it is surely a place to check out if you want an authentic local breakfast here!

Price Range: $15-30

Location: 229 Joo Chiat Rd, #01-01, Singapore 427489 

Website: https://lovinghut.com.sg

  1. Visit the Singapore Zoo

This is THE place for you to check out if you are enjoy spending time with animals. Singapore Zoo is one of the top three zoos in the world! Head over to explore it’s beautiful landscaped gardens by tram and learn about the history of the animals.

Price Range: $32 onwards

Location: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

Website: https://www.wrs.com.sg/en/singapore-zoo.html

  1. Plant based Lunch at Rang Mahal Restaurant

Rang Mahal is one of the Indian restaurants to come up with a sustainably delicious menu. Try their 100% plant based HerbYvore Set Thali Meal and enjoy the sumptuous spread! Centrally located in the heart of Singapore’s city centre, Rang Mahal is a fine-dining destination that serves up one of the best Indian cuisine with a modern flair.

Price Range: $58++

Location: 7 Raffles Blvd, Level 3 Pan Pacific, Singapore 039595 

Website: https://rangmahal.com.sg/rangmahal/

  1. Visit Gardens by the Bay

After a hearty lunch, it is always good to take a stroll in the garden. Make the most out of your sustainability day out and spend it at a picturesque greenery atmosphere. Located in Marina Bay, Gardens By The Bay is the most iconic, recognizable and is admired by many for its marvel of beauty.

Price Range: $20 – $30

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953 

Website: https://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html

  1. Dinner at Da Mamma SG

De Mamma is a Italian private dining restaurant focusing on a plant based, all-vegan cuisine, using the cuisine’s heritage, cooking techniques and fermentation. It also offers a complimentary 20% discount to all the mothers.

Price: $88/pax for a 5 Course Set Meal

Location: 462 Crawford Ln, #02-67, Singapore 190462 

Website: https://www.damammasg.com 

Although the itinerary might burn a bit too big of a hole in your wallet, these places a worth a visit at least once in your lifetime to experience the versatility of sustainable cuisines and being surrounded with places that adds more depth to your plant-based eater journey and serves a reminder as to why you made the decision to become one.