Save Energy & Resources: Eat Less meat
Americans eat meat on an average 275 pounds of meat per year... more than any other country on the planet. Massive amounts of energy and water are necessary to produce that volume of meat. The livestock sector is the numer one cause of deforestization and the methane gas produced by the cattle is having a significant impact on the rate of global warming.
Read meat is also the leading cause of colon cancer... cutting your meat intake in half is healthy for you and healthy for the planet!
The livestock sector is a major player in climate change, responsible for 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Livestock emit 37 percent of human-induced methane (with 23 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide). Most of this methane is produced by burping ruminants.
The livestock sector is by far the single largest anthropogenic (human-caused) user of land. The total area occupied by grazing is equivalent to 26 percent of the ice-free terrestrial surface of the planet. In addition, the total area dedicated to feed-crop production amounts to 33 percent of total arable land. In all, livestock production accounts for 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.
Livestock are also responsible for 64 percent of human-induced ammonia emissions, which contribute significantly to acid rain and acidification of ecosystems.
Expansion of livestock production is a key factor in deforestation, especially in Latin America where the greatest amount of deforestation is occurring—70 percent of previously forested land in the Amazon is occupied by pastures, and feed crops cover a large part of the remainder.
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