A recent study has found that the production of meat is twice as harmful to our environment as the production of plant food.
It produces 57% of all food greenhouse gas emissions. And on top of that, food production already accounts for 35% of all gas emissions. So, the situation is quite serious.
Meat industry pollution is caused by three main factors:
- Forests are cleared for cattle fields. For example, in Brazil, 80% of all deforestation is due to cattle ranching. With trees down, more CO2 stays in the atmosphere.
- More resources are used for meat production. To produce a pound of beef, 2,400 gallons of water are used, while only 180 gallons are used to produce a pound of wheat. Also, to get meat, you need to first cultivate plants, creating double pollution.
- Cattle manure is toxic to the atmosphere. Their waste produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Of all meat types, beef is the hardest on the atmosphere, while horse meat is the least harmful. High pollution also comes from cow milk production, since cattle raising is harmful no matter the purpose.
The study also found that the world’s largest meat-production polluter is South America. It’s closely followed by South Asia, South East Asia, and China.
Scientists have been emphasizing the importance of eating less meat and improving farming conditions and methods. The impact on the climate cannot be ignored, as the effects of global warming are becoming more evident every passing year.
Hopefully, this study will inspire people to reconsider their diet. After all, everyone can help, and a little effort goes a long way.