Beef’s environmental costs called exceptionally high

July 23, 2014 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

There’s an easy way for you to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, help preserve biodiversity and reduce water pollution all at the same time, scientists say: Don’t eat beef.

A new study by U.S. and Israeli researchers compared the environmental costs of producing beef, dairy, poultry, pork and eggs per calorie or gram of protein. It found that all sources had similar environmental impacts, except for beef, which:

  • Used 28 times more land, potentially destroying natural habitats where wild plants and animals live.
  • Consumed 11 times more irrigation water for feed.
  • Released five times more greenhouse gases, which are linked to global warming.
  • Used six times more nitrogen fertilizer, which can pollute waterways, causing problems such as algae blooms that foul lakes.

Read more HERE.

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Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Carbon_Emissions, Food.

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