Eating Beef More Costly To Environment Than Any Other Animal-Derived Food

Published By : 23 Jul 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions may actually be easier than before. Eating less beef has been proven by scientists to cut carbon emissions. The environmental costs of producing beef are extremely high. While the production of dairy, pork, eggs and poultry are also alarming, nothing compares to beef. Eating beef leads not just to increase in greenhouse gas emissions, but also causes water pollution and adversely affects biodiversity.

A recent study conducted by Israeli and U.S. researchers has shown that the overall beef production process used 28 times more land than any other animal-derived food. This means that much area of land has been destroyed as natural habitat for plants and animals. The process also consumed 11 times more irrigation water. As far as polluting gases are concerned, beef production emitted five times more greenhouse gases and utilized six times more nitrogen-based fertilizers than other foods. 

The study collected and analyzed data on the top five sources of protein consumed in the U.S. 

The main reason for such a drastic impact on the environment is that cattle require more food to produce one kilo of protein, compared to smaller and faster growing farm animals. In addition to this, when cattle belch, they release methane, which is a highly potent greenhouse gas.
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