The Environmental Impact of Meatless Mondays

National Geographic reports that eating beef is actually more harmful to the planet than driving a car.

But why?

EarthDay.org explains that eating less meat significantly reduces your carbon footprint and reduces our use of natural resources.

Eating one less burger a week is the same as taking your car off of the road for 320 miles. Skipping steak for a week, is the equivalent of not driving for almost 3 months!

If a family skipped meat and cheese one day a week, that would be the equivalent of not driving for five weeks or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes

Forgoing meat also saves all of the resources that go into maintaining livestock. The world’s cows eat enough to feed 9 billion people. Approximately, 70% of deforestation of the Amazon is to provide land for cattle ranches. Producing an 8 oz steak requires 900 gallons of water.

Not all meat requires the same amount of energy. Pigs produce half as much carbon dioxide as cows. Chicken is the most energy efficient meat. However, producing a pound of chicken still requires 500 gallons of water, and while 600 to 700 gallons of water is required for a pound of pork.

So, think twice before eating that burger. Even if only one day a week, skipping the meat does have an impact!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150311-cow-agriculture-cattle-dairy-beef-health-food-ngbooktalk/

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