Plant-based options in fast food chains saved over 600,000 animals in 2021

In 2021, more than 600,000 animals were saved from the food system in the United States thanks to major fast food chains offering plant-based options. According to estimates by animal rights organization World Animal Protection (WAP), around 211,000 pigs, 77,000 cows and 350,000 chickens were spared last year due to increased animal-based supplies. plants from the Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods brands in large fast-food restaurants. Restaurants.

After the introduction of plant-based burgers in some fast food restaurants in 2019 and 2020, plant-based offerings again took center stage last year with back-to-back launches of plant-based chicken. from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Beyond Chicken Tenders debuted in nearly 400 restaurants, including traditional wing shops, pubs and pizzerias, and has since expanded to menus at more than two dozen fast-food chains across the country. , including an expanded offering of Beyond The Original Orange Chicken at Panda Express and Beyond Fried Chicken at KFC. Next, Impossible Chicken Nuggets was tested at select Burger King locations, which has offered the Impossible Whopper since 2019, and is now available at several other restaurants across the country.

In order to calculate the impact of these new offerings on animals, WAP estimated the number of plant-based items sold at major fast-food chains using data from Carl’s Jr., which indicated the company had consistently sold 30 Beyond burgers every day since the article launched in 2019. WAP applied the same sell rate to all the companies it reviewed. WAP also assumed that stores are open 360 days a year and that people are unlikely to eat more food because of the new plant-based items, but instead replace meat with the Beyond menu option or Impossible.

Vegan fast food saved 1 million animals

The actual number of animals saved is likely much higher, as WAP’s assessment does not take into account the entire market for plant-based products such as those sold in grocery stores, menu items that have d ‘other plant-based brands or those made in-house, or Beyond and Impossible products offered in other types of restaurants.

For example, in 2021 alone, Impossible Foods has grown from selling its products in just 150 stores to 20,000 grocery stores. Additionally, Taco Bell has tested its proprietary plant-based beef blend in select locations, and Little Caesars has opted for Field Roast pepperoni for its new Planteroni pizza trial in hundreds of locations. VegNews.LittleCaesars.VeganPepperoniPizza

“It’s fair to say that the true impact on animals of the growing plant-based meat market was probably over a million animals saved,” WAP said on its website. However, the organization also points out that while this number may seem large, it is only a small fraction of the 9.5 billion animals raised and killed for food in the United States each year.

This year has also seen an equally impressive expansion of plant-based offerings in more fast-food restaurants, which means that in the years to come, more animal lives will be saved from the food system. Just last month, Chipotle made its homemade, plant-based chorizo ​​available at all of its more than 2,700 locations nationwide, KFC expanded its Beyond Fried Chicken nationwide to a limited time and Panda Express has extended its partnership with Beyond Meat with a test launch of two more vegan beef dishes from Beyond.

For more on vegan fast food, read:
The Ultimate Guide to the 15 Best Vegan Fast Food Chains in the US
The Vegan Guide to Plant-Based Eating at Burger King
9 vegan tips for your favorite fast foods

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