CarbonCurb Action 25 - High Steaks Consumption
Eating red meat directly increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death. There is not a way to convey that truth delicately. Too much of anything is bad for you, and this is especially the case for beef. Sure, there are good things in beef besides just protein, but you really can get everything your body needs and more by replacing beef with poultry, fish, nuts, plants, and other healthier alternatives. Beef requires a ludicrous amount of resources to produce. Most of the corn and soy produced in the United States is used to feed livestock, rather than people. The amount of water and resources required to produce beef is exponentially greater than other sources of protein and nutrition. Beef is just inefficient, and the stakes are too high to continue eating it. We know it is difficult or impossible for some people to give up meat, so that is not the goal of this Action. For the sake of your knowledge, however, we do want you to know that replacing all of your meat consumption with plants would reduce your annual GHG emissions by more than an entire metric ton, or over 6%. In order to complete this Action, however, we are not asking you to give up all meat. We are asking you to treat red meat as a delicacy, reserving it only for special occasions, and replacing the 55 pounds of beef you eat each year with chicken! You are still allowed to eat meat for this action, but we do encourage you to go above and beyond. The impact of simply replacing your beef consumption with chicken is:
425 kg CO2e
2.6% of your GHGs
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