If you’re someone who would like to help combat climate change but you’re a little uncertain about making big changes, then this solution is for you.
Simply cutting out beef and lamb from your diet has a bigger impact than you could imagine.
So just how much of a difference can you make by simply giving up beef and lamb and switching to other meat? Well, a handful of scientists have done the research and I’m going to share with you what they have to say.
If you would like comprehensive information on their findings and how to implement it successfully, you can head over to 0beef.com.
They make the science part very entertaining with videos and infographics. For the quick facts, keep reading.
Here are the key takeaways about what happens when you go #NoBeef
The impact farming has on climate change
Pollution caused by farming can be compared with the pollution caused by the entire transport industry. From the biggest ship to the smallest motorcycle.
And farming beef contributes to 75% of all meat-caused emissions. Which is why giving up beef has a bigger impact than not using transport. (World Resources Institute, 2016)
The fact of the matter is that there are just too many cows, and sheep come in at a close second. If you take the mass of all the wild animals on land, they only make up 3% of all land mammals.
While cows and sheep make up 52%, the biggest slice of the pie. Humans make up the rest with only 28%. (The Earth’s Biosphere, Vaclav Smil, 2003)
Not eating beef and lamb will cause less pollution from farming activities and reduce the mass of beef and lamb.
Land usage implications
Cows need a lot of room to graze. They also need extra food which takes up even more land. In fact, 41% of land in the USA is used for livestock with cows using over half of that. (World Resources Institute, 2016)
All that land used to be habitats for many organisms, including important pollinators responsible for maintaining ecosystems and fertilizing food-producing plants.
That land used to be forests too, so giving up beef is much more effective than trying to reduce your paper usage.
And remember the Amazon rainforest being on fire? That was the result of farmers burning land to make room for new crops and grazing lands. For the cows.
The water crisis
Where is all the water going? Well, according to the FAO, 70% of global freshwater gets used by agriculture. And cows are consuming most of it.
Giving up beef, even 1 kg, will save 100,000 litres of water, some scientists claim. Imagine how much water you could be saving if you gave up beef and lamb completely.
A much bigger impact than simply watering your plants with greywater.
Your impact on climate change when you go #NoBeef
According to the science:
If you stop eating beef and lamb and only eat other meat, you will be using 60% less water, emit 85% less greenhouse gasses and contribute to 85% less farmland usage. And this is per serving of protein.
If you take it a step further and switch to animal-free proteins, you will be using 85% less water, emit 95% less greenhouse gasses and contribute to 95% less farmland usage per serving of protein.
Your impact on climate change for the whole year
The conservative estimates:
If you stop eating beef and lamb for a year, you could be saving 50,00 litres of water. Putting it into perspective, that much water is like turning your kitchen tap on full blast for six days.
You could be saving 1,300 square metres of land. That’s about the same land you would need to grow the trees to make 7 million sheets of paper.
And your carbon footprint? You could be saving 2.2 tonnes of CO2 equivalents. Which is great if you’ve been trying to reduce your carbon footprint.
As you can see, #NoBeef is the single most effective thing you can do to combat climate change. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a ton of change to be made.
If you would like to continue your journey to combat climate change and make a difference, then click on any of my articles linked below. Or explore the rest of my website from the menu at the beginning of this post.
Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this post and if you found it helpful. I hope your #NoBeef journey is successful and delicious.
Cheers for now,
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