It's been said that transportation is the largest end-use contributor toward global warming in the United States, producing almost 30 percent of all U.S. global warming emissions. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, "because of its near-total dependence on petroleum fuels, the U.S. transportation sector is responsible for about a third of our country’s climate-changing emissions."
At the same time, the choices we make in what we eat also impact the output of emissions. Food systems -- especially those servicing meat-intensive consumers -- are equally responsible for emission, according to the report "Changing Climate, Changing Diets. So changing the way we eat can also improve the environment's health.
Even though the United Nations issued a report last year that indicated our rapidly growing dependence on animals as a food source is one of the greatest threats to the climate, there is still an education-gap around the relationship between Green House Gas emissions and meat consumption. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2013, US meat consumption peaked at nearly 200 pounds per year per person -- half of which was red meat.
Zazue strives to change this paradigm by delivering food through a delivery fleet of non-gas operated vehicles and affording the opportunity for students to make conscious and ethical decisions about what they put on their plates.