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It is no secret that the people of earth need to reduce our carbon footprint in order to help keep this world healthy. With the burning of fossil fuels as the leading culprit in the rising temperatures and changing of the climate (Turk, 2014), there are so many things that we can do to help slow down or even reduce this process.
One thing that wouldn’t require much lifestyle change would be cutting meat out of one meal every day. The results would be almost instantaneous. “The United Nations Food and Agriculture estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide” (FAO.org). By reducing the amount of meat each person would intake you would reduce the amount of fossil fuels required to care for these animals such as using the land for feed production and fertilizing and transporting the meat. Furthermore, it is no secret that the more we use land as farms, the less fertile it becomes. With this process directly leading to deforestation, the results would speak for themselves. Another benefit of reducing meat intake would minimize water usage. An estimated 1800 gallon of water go into producing a single pound of ground beef (vl-irrigation.org). On the other hand, it would only take 220 gallon of water to go into a single pound of ground soy tofu.
It wouldn’t be a tough change and it wouldn’t take much effort to make this small lifestyle change. There are also many health benefits to your life by reducing meat intake. Reducing heart disease, limiting cancer risks, and helping curb obesity are just some of the reason to think about making this small change.
FAO. (2006). Livestock’s Long Shadow. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Turk, J., & Bensel, T. (2014).Contemporary environmental issues (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.