Emissions impossible? Why meat and dairy companies need to be monitored
- Did you know that the average American eats 3 burgers per week?
- Our farm animals outnumber humans. The combined total of chickens (19 billion), cows (1.5 billion), sheep (1 billion) and pigs (1 billion) living at any one time is three times higher than the number of people, according to The Economist.
There is an undeniable environmental cost of our growing appetite for meat.
Current technology can build food systems that meet the needs of farmers, consumers, and the planet. Meat and dairy conglomerates can reduce their supersized climate footprint. Meat alternatives can become mainstream. Eating vegetables as the main course with less or no meat are good for our health too. Consumers can do their part too by choosing meatless alternatives in those burgers they love. Meat farming produces much higher emissions per calorie than vegetables.
Beef is by far the worst culprit for GHG emissions – four times higher than chicken or pork. However, the Impossible Whopper was one of Burger King’s most successful launches in history. Burger King also offers the Impossible Croissan’wich – a new meatless breakfast sandwich called.
Big, bold change is required to course correct our climate changing ways.
- Do you think China’s ‘Ecological Civilization’ concept is possible for other countries around the world?
- What is the best way to preserve working lands so they don’t get developed?
- What is the most effective way for corporations to change their ways?
- Will change happen without pressure from consumers and government alike?
- What do you think about granting nature rights of personhood?
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