Eating Less Meat
It’s simple, the less meat we eat, the more sustainable we become. Eating less meat, or no meat at all, is the easiest, yet most impactful decision you could make to curb your carbon footprint and fight against climate change.
Cattle production not only requires a large amount of land and water but also releases a staggering amount of harmful greenhouse gasses. As a result of their digestion, cows release methane into our atmosphere every day, a greenhouse gas significantly more harmful than carbon dioxide. Thankfully, healthy soil and a variety of plants and trees act as carbon sinks and sequester these greenhouse gases, creating cleaner air for us to breathe. Unfortunately, beef production is responsible for a large amount of deforestation around the world.
The mass production of livestock uses an immense amount of water. Meat industries account for a large portion of America’s water footprint. To put it into perspective, one pound of beef needs 1,799 pounds of water to be produced. In comparison, one pound of potatoes needs just 34 pounds of water to be produced. Clean water is a scarce resource, and conserving it decreases greenhouse gas emissions. The numbers alone persuade you, the consumer, to buy and eat less meat.
Next time you find yourself in the meat aisle of the grocery store, look for an alternative protein. When we choose not to buy meat at the grocery store, we are voting against meat production and voting for more eco-friendly options.
Adding more fruit and veggies to your diet
Curbing the amount of dairy and meat you intake every week
Buying local and from sustainable sources
Making plant-based ‘meat’ swaps