Report: Americans Ate 19% Less Beef Within Last Decade
A new report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) revealed some very promising news stating that “between 2005 and 2014, Americans cut their per-capita diet-related climate-warming pollution by approximately 10 percent.” According to NRDC’s calculations, this means that “approximately 271 million metric tons (MMT) of climate-warming pollution” was avoided. The report singles out a significant reason for this:
“The most impactful diet adjustments relate to the reduced consumption of specific products. For starters, Americans consumed 19 percent less beef, avoiding an estimated 185 MMT of climate-warming pollution or roughly the equivalent of the annual tailpipe pollution of 39 million cars.”
The remaining emission cuts are attributed to the “reduced consumption of other products–such as milk, pork, shellfish, and high fructose corn syrup,” and the report adds that if consumption of “other carbon-intensive foods like cheese, yogurt, butter” were also reduced, “pollution could have been cut even deeper.” While the report highlights an important change in American eating habits, it notes that in 2014, “beef was responsible for an outsized 34 percent of the average American’s diet-related climate-warming pollution.”
According to NRDC, “eating even less beef offers the biggest opportunity to further reduce food-related pollution.” To read the full report, visit this link.
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