One Meal a Day (OMAD) Community Challenge

One Meal A Day (OMAD) Community Challenge has begun along the Wasatch Back! This initiative stems from a movement founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, OMD for the Planet. EATS takes Suzy’s work further by factoring in the effects composting and food waste have as well as supporting local producers which furthers the climate benefits. 

Making just one daily meal plant-based can have both tangible and far-reaching effects: 

  • The greenhouse gas impact of a single 8 oz glass of milk is the same as driving 1.2 miles. Changing the milk in a bowl of cereal to plant-based milk would save the CO2 equivalent of 329 miles of driving. 
    • Factoring in that milk is still encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics if 5,000 children in Summit County make this swap, this amounts to the CO2 equivalent of driving at least 1,645,000 miles a year or 904 metric tons of CO2!
  • If a mere 50 families along the Wasatch Back replace one meal a week from chicken to brown lentils, for example, our community will save 4.67 metric tons of CO2 annually. If 100 families took this challenge those savings would be 9.34 metric tons of CO2.
  • By choosing to purchase fewer animal products and eat more plant-based meals, lots of packaging is cut out of your shopping cart. Think about purchasing a shopping cart full of produce vs a shopping cart full of milk, yogurt, meat, and eggs. Imagine what a difference it could make if most of the food we consumed and the byproducts of it could be composted instead of thrown away. 

The OMAD Community Challenge is open to every member of our community! Here’s how you can participate: