We all know that cows can really stink. But cow manure is not only lethal for your nose, it ís also lethal for the environment. Cows and other livestock produce a greenhouse gas called methane. Methane is 21 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2, and is responsible for almost half of the global warming impacting the planet today. Animal agriculture produces 100 million tons of methane a year, that’s double the rate during pre-industrial times.
Did you know?
—Americans eat 10 times more animal protein than necessary for a complete nutritional diet.
—Meat—based diets require 10 times the land area to feed a person in comparison to a plant—based diet. Most of the 15 million hectares of tropical rainforest lost each year is used for raising cattle and growing animal feed. Cutting down and burning the rainforest not only spews more than a billion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it permanently destroys essential habitat for biodiversity.
—Some good news: While carbon dioxide takes 100 years to cycle out of the atmosphere, methane takes only 8. That means that actions we take now to lower methane levels will quickly result in a cooler planet.
What you can do:
Eat a plant—based diet. If you replace 1 beef meal a week with a plant—based meal you will save more than 40,000 gallons of water, 70 tons of grain, save 300 pounds of greenhouse gases from being emitted each year! And if you can encourage your family to do the same...just imagine the difference you can make!