In a climate change report published in October, scientists warn that if the environment isn’t being taken care of soon, by 2030 global warming could ensue some seriously harmful effects. In this report, one of the most prominent suggestions was reducing meat consumption in diets. In an article written by CNN (https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/08/world/ipcc-climate-change-consumer-actions-intl/index.html) cows in particular, account for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions. Due to this large amount of emissions, Americans need to find things to help replace the constant usage of beef in their diets and turn to things that are more sustainable and feasible for themselves and the environment.
Whether you love beef or you’re an occasional indulger, its important to know that there are options to help reduce the greenhouse gases that come from beef. Thinking about switching to things like chicken instead of beef a few days a week not only leads to 10 times less emissions but legumes are up to 20 times less emissions as well. If you can, maybe consider ditching the meat altogether and turning to options such as veggie burgers for nutrition as they emit 90% fewer greenhouse gasses than beef does. Other options include a hybrid burger of meat and veggies. Consider using mushrooms as a substitute for meat. Not only do they taste just as meaty but the are also hearty, good for the environment and your body, and they help bind the burger and make it juicier!
It might seem difficult at first to reduce red meat consumption, however, when it comes down to it, in order to help improve the environment and your overall health, straying away from red meat even just a few days a week might help a lot.