Friday, May 26, 2017

Save the climate with one change: Beans, not beef

We know that we should eat more fruits and veggies. It's good for your health and climate. In a recent study they found if we traded beef for beans it would make this much of a difference:

Around 42% of cropland, or 400 million square miles, currently used for beef production, would be liberated for other uses. [Photo: Elenathewise/iStock] Before we get sidetracked by the myriad “one gas for another” jokes to be made, let’s first get through the science of it all. This one change, the researchers found, would lead to the United States immediately hitting 50 to 75% of its GHG reduction targets for the year 2020. Beef is the most emissions-intensive food to produce, but–despite the fact that we, as a nation, have collectively reduced our consumption of it by 19% since 2005–it’s among the most popular proteins of choice in the country. Beans and legumes don’t carry the same all-American cache as a burger, but the researchers found that their production results in one-fortieth of the emissions produced by the livestock industry. 
Eating Beans Could Be A Magical Solution To Climate Change - Fast Company

If you don't want to go all the way to vegan or vegetarian, there's a movement that can include you: Reducitarian.

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