Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars
Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken
by Damian Carrington
Beef’s environmental impact dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork, new research reveals, with one expert saying that eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut carbon emissions than giving up their cars.
The heavy impact on the environment of meat production was known but the research shows a new scale and scope of damage, particularly for beef. The popular red meat requires 28 times more land to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases…
"Only 4% of California’s water is used by individuals. An astounding 93% of California’s water goes to agriculture; and most of that 93% is misused or wasted. Humans drink less than one gallon of water per day. A cow drinks 23 gallons per day — and we have 5.5 million of them.
“The whole season comes out. She [Lisa Bonet] never saw it. So, she watched the whole thing. I wake up in the morning. She’s just staring over me adoringly and I’m like ‘What’s up? Morning.’ She’s like, ‘I love you’ and I’m like, ‘I love you too.’ She’s like, ‘I’ve been up all night watching Game of Thrones.’ And I got laid and it was amazing.”