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Feeding Our Service Members

The Secretary of Defense has been encouraged to provide service members with at least one plant-based entree option at each meal. Educated Choices Program and the Environmental Working Group are partnering to provide resources to support this initiative.

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Why ECP and EWG are Teaming Up:

By expanding plant-based food choices within the military, the Department of Defense can help the U.S. reach its climate goals while allowing service members to reduce risks from chronic diseases such as heart disease. EWG has been pivotal in the adoption of this initiative and continues to urge its swift implementation while ECP provides the educational foundation to support the smooth transition and highlight the human and planetary health benefits it provides.

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A recent survey by Plant Based News found that 52% of U.S. service members agreed or strongly agreed that plant-based foods are healthier and 23% were looking to reduce their animal intake. To help support the Secretary of Defense in expanding meal options for our service members, ECP and EWG have joined to develop the following resources:


Meals based around more plant foods benefit human and planetary health in many ways. Explore our curated collection of delicious plant-forward recipes for every meal of the day.


Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard! Check out these guides to make healthy, plant-based meals a little easier. Our guides’ topics include tips for grilling out and packing a nutritious lunch for any age.


Watch free videos covering a variety of topics to learn more about the ways our food choices impact human and planetary health.


Take a deeper look into creating healthier, more sustainable diets with podcasts, films, consumer guides, books, and more resources from ECP and EWG.


Check our recipes for nutritious, delicious plant-based meals. EWG provides recipes from Stefanie Sacks, a Culinary Nutritionist and the author of “What the Fork Are You Eating?” Or see curated recipes from ECP’s Next-Steps Toolkit.


Video Library

Educated Choices Program offers free, science-based video presentations that take a deep dive into the ways our food choices impact human and planetary health.

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Educated Choices Program is developing guides to help provide assistance for those just beginning to explore plant-based meals or those looking to add some flavor and variety to their diet. Check out the most recent guides below:

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More Resources

EWG and ECP offer a comprehensive and expansive library of resources to help those on their journey for a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. See the resources below for more information:

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Learn more about the effects of our food systems and how to make healthier choices with this library of podcasts, books, documentaries, recipes, and more.



This EWG resource translates the science about climate change to help consumers understand the impact of their food choices which is necessary to avoid the worst impacts.

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See how healthy different foods and brands are with this helpful tool from EWG that gives insights on concerns about nutrition, ingredients, and processing.

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EWG's Government Affairs Manager Geoff Horsfield gives a brief overview of the effects modern agriculture has on the environment in this short video "Meat's Math Problem."

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This helpful tip sheet from EWG gives a concise but thorough look at the climate footprint of our diet.

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In this EWG resource, Culinary Nutritionist and author of “What the Fork Are You Eating” gives straightforward advice for anyone looking to improve their diet.


Get the Latest

Keep up with the latest plant-based research, tips, news, and more by following EWG and ECP on social media or join our mailing lists.

Environmental Working Group

Educated Choices Program

About Us

The Environmental Working Group and Educated Choices Program are nonprofit organizations working to help others live healthier lives. We have partnered together to provide plant-forward resources to support the Secretary of Defense in providing a plant-based entree option for our service members.

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The Environmental Working Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization  that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability. EWG is dedicated to helping others live their healthiest life.

Educated Choices Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization empowering students and community members around the world to build a healthier, more sustainable future for everyone. ECP offers free educational resources to show current and future consumers the importance and impact of their food choices.


A Note from EWG:

"Our food choices affect the climate in many ways. The amount and kinds of protein we consume can have a significant impact on the climate.

U.S. agriculture causes at least 11 percent of the country’s entire annual emissions of greenhouse gases, like methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, which trap heat in the atmosphere, causing and exacerbating climate change. Add emissions from fertilizer production, plus clearing and plowing land to grow crops, and agriculture’s net share of emissions is even higher than 11 percent and is 

Fruit and vegetables aren’t the culprits behind crop-related emissions. It’s the crops grown for animal feed, like corn, and the animals themselves.

By expanding plant-based food choices within the military and better aligning food choices with the Federal Food Service Guidelines, the Department of Defense can help the U.S. reach its climate goals, as well as improve readiness and support American farmers and companies, while allowing service members to reduce risks from chronic diseases such as heart disease.

EWG urges the Biden administration and the Department of Defense to swiftly carry out this plan to make a plant-based entrée option available everywhere the federal government serves a meal. ECP is proud to provide the educational foundation to support this initiative and ensure that service members and political officials alike have knowledge regarding food choices' impacts on human and planetary health.

More is needed to further support American plant-based companies and products, but we are grateful Congress continues to recognize that providing a vegetarian or plant-based entrée option will improve personal health and quality of life.

We look forward to working with the Department of Defense and the Biden administration to ensure the implementation and success of these and other reforms encouraging healthy dietary choices."

-Geoff Horsfield, Government Affairs Manager, Environmental Working Group

Any questions?

Educated Choices Program and the Environmental Working Group are proud to support this government initiative and those enacting these positive changes. Please use the contact form below if you have any questions.

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