These vegan cactus tacos are as delicious-looking as they are good for the environment.
The vegan cactus tacos are a more sustainable option compared to al pastor tacos, which feature spit-grilled pork. Pork is the third worst emitter of greenhouse gases among all animal-derived meats. The production of pork is also resource-intensive. The amount of water that goes into producing one single serving of pork is also equivalent to 1,500 showers.
On the other hand, nopal—a type of cactus in Mexico that has grown for more than 7,000 years—thrives in drought conditions and requires less water. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has even called the nopal cactus, also known as prickly pear, a valuable food source.
“Climate change and the increasing risks of droughts are strong reasons to upgrade the humble cactus to the status of an essential crop in many areas,” Hans Dreyer, director of FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division, said in a statement.
Nopal cactus is the perfect swap for al pastor tacos. Make a fresh, homemade black bean salsa to serve up with these vegan cactus tacos. Enjoy!