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The Environmental Impact of Eating Meat

Last updated 3 years ago

I have always been concerned about the environment, so becoming a vegetarian seemed like a logical step in my life. Below are some facts about how meat production impacts the environment that influenced me to change my eating habits. Read on and potentially change how you view eating meat.

While the methane emission from cattle is a more commonly discussed issue, there are many more aspects to the environmental problem associated with meat production. First of all, it is inefficient to eat livestock because farmers first have to feed the animals and only a portion of that feed becomes meat. According to Dan Charles, a Food and Agriculture correspondent for NPR, “your cattle have to eat 20 or 30 pounds of feed to put a pound of steak on their bones.” It is environmentally effective for the land to be used for crops directly consumed by people. Furthermore, to grow these crops specifically for livestock to consume, farmers must use more land. This causes deforestation and in turn global warming. Another major aspect to the problem is water consumption. Water is used to grow crops to feed livestock, feed the livestock themselves, and then produce the meat. All in all it takes about 53 gallons of water to make one burger. Meat production as we know it is unsustainable because it utilizes an expanse of land, crops, and water. With the state of the environment, now is the time to consider eating less meat.

Geppetto Catering offers meatless food options for hot entrees including Vegetable Lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan. You can also substitute tofu instead of protein in the entree salads. Try eating no meat for a week and see how you feel!


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