A BEEFY RESOURCE EATER
A cheeseburger is the all-American food iconic at fast-food restaurants and barbecues. This savory meal of a stacked beef patty, tomato, lettuce, and cheese on a bun actually requires a lot of resources to make.
The system of mass-producing beef is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.
Don't force yourself into a
plant-based diet if you can't. Simply be conscientious of
the food you do eat.
Emissions from cows and beef production threaten our land, air, and water. They require a lot of ground for pastures and a lot of ground to grow the grain to feed them. Because cows are fed a lot, they also use up a lot of water. Cows are supposed to eat grass, so when they are fed corn, it makes them gassy. This gas that they release is methane gas. Additionally, their manure produces nitrous oxide, which has three times the global warming effect of carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide is also produced from fertilizer to grow feed for cows. When the runoff from fertilizer reaches the ocean, it creates algal blooms. These make dead zones in the water where no life can survive. A burger may only cost $3 or $4, but we end up paying for it through its effects on our home.
Even if you're not vegan or vegetarian, you can still eat the vegan or vegetarian options at restaurants. Instead of immediately looking at the burger section of a menu, take a look at the meatless options. You might even find something that's just as tasty or better.
Eating only animal-product-free food is not easily accessible to everyone. But, there are simple ways to make a difference in what you consume. You can try going meatless once a week (Meatless Mondays). There are also dozens of delicious plant-based recipes. The smallest choices can make a big difference.
Want to know more?
Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth, article by The Guardian
The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers, video by The Center for Investigative Reporting
Here's why we need to rethink veganism, video by Our Changing Climate