What if we all ate a little less meat? Would it matter?

Sept 2019—It is probably unrealistic to expect everyone to become vegan. But Americans already eat about 25 percent less meat than we did in the 1970’s. What if we cut our consumption by that amount again?

So, according to a study this month in the journal Scientific Reports, if everyone in the country reduced their consumption of beef, pork, and poultry by a quarter and substituted plant proteins, we’d save about 82 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That would be a reduction of a little more than 1 percent.

Why don’t you try it? How many days a week on average do you eat meat? If you eat meat 4 days a week, just cut out one day. Experiment with different plant-based recipes or simply leave the meat out of the sandwich, chili or pizza. You might save money, lose some weight and be healthier for the effort.