Beefing Up sustainability
Convincing evidence of the relative sustainability of cattle was recently published by the Wall Street Journal as an advertisement.
If all U.S. livestock were eliminated and evert American followed a vegan diet, greenhouse gas emission would only be reduced by 2%, or 0,36% globally.
Beefs environmental footprint may drive headlines, but the truth is, eliminating beef is not a realistic or impactful solution for climate change.
Per the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), beef cattle are responsible for only 2% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. By contrast, transportation is responsible for about 30%.
While the U.S. already produces the most sustainable beef in the world through decades of innovation, cattle farmers and ranchers are committed to producing high-quality, sustainable beef for generations to come. In fact, between 1961 and 2018, the U.S. beef industry reduced emissions per pound of beef by more than 40%.
Plus, cattle play an important role in protecting and enhancing our ecosystems by increasing carbon storage, improving soil health, mitigating wildfires, and providing habitat for wildlife.
We all play a role in a more sustainable future, but eliminating beef is not the answer.