Yep, this one is a little tough to swallow, but beef is killing us. The thing with beef is that it attacks us from several directions. The threat most talked about with beef is methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) that is emitted by cows as part of their digestion process, but beef hits us in several other areas - high water consumption, high grain consumption, deforestation (for cattle feed and ranching), increased risk of heart disease, increased risk of certain cancers, and pollution of waterways and water supplies.
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Okay, I hear you. We are a culture addicted to beef and that's not about to change, but you're reading this post because you are wanting to learn ways to lighten your impact, and this is one place where you can have a big impact.
So just chill out and become a vegetarian! (Just kidding, but it's not a terrible idea.) Like most things in life, a little moderation can go a long way.
What do you think? Ready to try it? If so, Meatless Monday is a great way to start. Plan to cut out meat one day per week. And Mondays suck anyway, so what do you have to lose?
What's in it for you?
What's in it for the planet?
The impact of skipping a burger:
Bad Veggie Puns(!):
You gotta love Popeye lyrics!
So, for those of you who are die-hard readers (meaning you made it to the bottom of this post), here's a little more info on the environmental impact of several other meats. (By the way, I ate a cricket - on purpose - a few weeks ago, and I am still alive to write about it, but I think I'd rather be a vegetarian than make them a daily staple.)
That's it, I am going bunnytarian! (Find it here)
I think this could work!
May your diet bring you (and all of us) much better health!