The Impact of the Beef Industry on Climate Change

The connection between beef and climate change is a popular topic of discussion recently, from cow’s high-methane burps to comparing emissions from beef consumption to cars on the road (ex. if everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, over a year, the effect on emissions would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road). These statements are true as cows are ruminants, meaning that their stomachs contain specialized bacteria capable of digesting tough and fibrous material such as grass. The digestive process causes cows to belch out methane – a greenhouse gas around 25 times more potent at trapping heat than CO2. Cattle produce about 80 million metric tons of methane per year globally. In the U.S., 58 percent of our methane emissions are produced by cattle….

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