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What about Meat?

What About Meat? Changing Meat Production Practices to Grow Climate Stability

The meat we eat matters

This "conversation starter" addresses the effects of meat production and consumption on climate because domestic livestock accounts globally for about 18% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. This number exceeds the emissions that all forms of global transportation – all of the cars, trucks, trains, ships, and airplanes that move people and goods around the world.

The choices we make about how much meat we consume – as well as the type of meat and associated production practices – have the potential to greatly increase or reduce our impact on global warming. For example, for the average US household in 1997, nearly 14% of the greenhouse gas emissions came from food production. In the average US diet, red meat (beef and pork) and dairy comprised only 22% of calories consumed, but accounted for 57% of all US food-related greenhouse gas emissions.

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Problems with Meat

Looking at current meat production systems, what practices REALLY do not work and why?

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Better Ideas

What collective practices related to systems of meat production can mitigate some of these issues?

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What Can I Do?

What have we bought? What changes in our diets could have the power to change our carbon footprints?

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Further Questions

What questions need to be asked? Please add your questions and comments:

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