Why we love veg!

We often get asked about our choice of menu items here at The Yurt, particularly why we place vegetarian and vegan food at the forefront of our menu. We pride ourselves on making all our food delicious and our menu celebrates a range of different ingredients. However, we also feel it is vitally important that we do our bit for the environment wherever we can.

Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of rainforest destruction on Earth[1] and produces 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions[2]. This means it is the single largest factor that contributes to these negative impacts on our planet. The amount of grain fed to cattle, pigs and chickens worldwide could feed the 800 million people on Earth who suffer from hunger and malnutrition, three times over![3]

We believe that by offering a range of tasty food with good vegan and vegetarian options, we are giving you a choice.

Did you know…?

If you choose a vegan or vegetarian option this lunchtime, your meal will have used approximately 12 times less water during production than if you choose a meat option[4]. To produce 1 kilogram of beef takes approximately 15,415 litres of water[5] – that’s enough to fill 9,067 kettles – or make 211 cups of tea every day for a year!

One person eating “meat-free” for one day a week saves, on average, 3kg of carbon dioxide emissions[6]. This is equivalent to the energy usage of an average household for 2 hours[7]. A family of 4 eating a vegan, or plant-based, diet for one week reduces their carbon footprint by the same amount as if they stopped driving their car for 35 weeks! [8]

Here at Nicholsons, we strive to minimise our impact on the environment in many ways, and our Yurt menu is reflective of this. If you have any questions about this, please ask to speak to Tami on our Sustainability Team.

 

Sources

  • [1] Margulis, S. (2004) Causes of Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon. The World Bank. pg.9. Available from: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/758171468768828889/pdf/277150PAPER0wbwp0no1022.pdf 
  • [2] Animal Blawg (2009) Livestock Account for 51% of Greenhouse Gases. Advocacy for Animals. 28th October. [Online] Available from: http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2009/10/livestock-emissions-account-for-51-percent-of-greenhouse-gases/ 
  • [3] The Greenage (2017) The environmental impacts of eating meat. The Greenage. 30th May. [Online] Available from: https://www.thegreenage.co.uk/the-environmental-impacts-of-eating-meat/
  • [4] Water Program (N/A) The Water Footprint of Food. Grace Communications Foundation. [Online]  Available from: http://www.gracelinks.org/1361/the-water-footprint-of-food
  • [5] Data Blog (2013) How much water is needed to produce food and how much do we waste? The Guardian. 10th Jan. [Online] Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2013/jan/10/how-much-water-food-production-waste
  • [6] Scarborough et al. (2014) Climatic Change. Springer Netherlands. Vol. 125. Pg. 179 Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-014-1169-1
  • [7] YouSustain (N/A) How Much CO2 Is That?. [Online] Available from: http://www.yousustain.com/footprint/howmuchco2?co2=3kg
  • [8] Derr, M (2015) Ecological Footprint of a Vegan Diet Vs. Carnivorous Diet. Live Strong. 8th September. [Online] Available from: https://www.livestrong.com/article/513641-ecological-footprint-of-a-vegan-diet-vs-carnivorous-diet/