- Although beef consumption is trending downward, we still consume far too much red meat for a sustainable future
- Majority of meat consumed is red meat (pork, beef, lamb)
- The average American eats about 1.5 times the recommended protein intake per day
- Red meat is linked to health concerns such as heart disease, obesity, and some cancers
- Meat production requires high rates of usage with regards to water, crops, and energy
According to a report published in 2014 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, agricultural, forestry, and other land use practices emitted over 10 billion tons of CO2 each year from 2001-2011. That is the equivalent to the amount of CO2 2 billion cars would produce in a year. This quantity of emissions is growing, having doubled over the last 50 years and is expected to increase by 30% over the next 50 years.
With climate change becoming an increasingly present and intense threat, we must examine our food and agricultural systems to find a way to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly future without mass hunger.
Meat is an effective way of getting some of the essential nutrients we all need to survive, but what are the other health and environmental effects of meat consumption and production?