Consider this: a steady diet of fat burgers can lead to a warmer planet. According to the United Nation Food and Agricultural Organization, livestock represents 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, with cattle responsible for most of the emissions that lead to global warming.
These food champions from Asia’s Most Influential list are on a mission to change the way we eat, making mindful consumption easier to adopt. They promote vegan dishes, the reduction of food waste or intelligent farming so that you can enjoy good and healthy food without burdening the Earth.
David Yeung, Hong Kong
With Green Monday, social entrepreneur David Yeung established a food ecosystem that addresses, among others, climate change, animal suffering and food insecurity. At first, the company raised awareness about the green lifestyle, encouraging people to give up meat once a week (a 2020 survey revealed that 40 per cent of Hongkongers practise flexitarianism). Now, it encompasses food tech innovation, food retail and distribution, corporate consulting, and impact investing.
Its concept shop Green Common carries plant-based favourites like Beyond Burger and Just Egg in locations in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. Meanwhile, its OmniFood brand introduced the climate- and animal-friendly OmniPork. The flagship product—a plant-based protein made of peas, soy, shiitake mushrooms and rice—provide a meat substitute that is uncannily close to the real thing. To round out its offerings, the company introduced plant-based fish fillets in 2021.