The Environmental Working Group recently released their “Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health” report. It is clear that the food choices we Americans make are negatively impacting our health, animal welfare and our planet’s environment and climate.
1. Americans eat more meat per capita than Europeans or people in developing countries.
2. Production of meat and dairy for consumption in America use the most pesticides, chemical fertilizers, fuel, feed and water that cause the most greenhouse gases, toxins, manure and other pollutants that are currently in our air and water. Lamb, Beef and Cheese are the chief culprits. Tomatoes and Lentils produce the least emissions.
3. The EWG states that we can make simple choices that affect our environment and climate big time:
“If you eat one less burger a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for 320 miles or line-drying your clothes half the time.
If your four-person family skips meat and cheese one day a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes.
If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for nearly three months. 1
If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road.”