Thursday, February 12, 2009

Study shows eating less meat causes a lot less pollution

Going about eating meat the way we do, industrial mega-farm style, is stupid. The UN even said meat is worse for the environment than cars. Feel guilty? Of course not. No one ever does. It's the other guy's meat consumption or tail pipe that's really the problem.

But hey, you don't have to convert into one of those
nasty, crazy hippy-vegetarians to make a difference. A new study from the Netherlands finds cutting weekly beef consumption to 2.5 ounces (about one serving) and poultry to 10 ounces could shave $20 trillion off the price tag to fight climate change (New Scientist).

What's wrong with eating meat? It takes a lot of grains and grazing land (which takes fertilizer and machinery) to make meat. To make a pound of beef, you need 8 pounds of grain and 15 pounds of forage. Livestock also create methane, a nasty greenhouse gas. Experts estimate 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock.

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