Sunday, 15 January 2017

Beef Eating Bad for Environment

With the Beef eating issue becoming a national rage and the most talked about issue in the country, and the Dadri incident has give a fuel to all the matter. Eating beef has always remained a taboo among the Hindus in the country but now reports have confirmed that consuming beef is not good for the environment too. Beef production has around 11 times more environmental impact compared to others livestock.

How is beef bad for environment?

The United Nations Environment Program has released a report which states that Beef consumption is harmful for the environment. The UNEP has stated beef as a “climate harmful meat”. According to the agency a lot of energy is required to cook the meat which results in increased carbon emissions. For every hamburger the beef meat that is cooked releases around 3 Kg of the carbon. Beef requires very high energy of fuel which is quite harmful for the environment. Today the issues of the carbon emission and global warming are a serious thing therefore if we really want to opt for a sustainable living then it’s quite good to opt out from such environmental degrading activities.
The Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome that reports to the United Nation stated that beef production on a global scale is one of the major culprits for the climate change that has been taking place. Giving up beef will help to reduce the carbon footprint. Though they strongly condemned the killing a man just on the basis that he eats beef, and touted it as an inhuman act.

More carbon footprint than the transport sector

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) further proved their points by sharing a study named 'Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options’ they had recently done. According to FAO the Livestock industry has more contributions to climate change as compared to the transport sector. The livestock sector is the leading factor for the carbon emissions and therefore one should try to reduce it.  According to the survey, Transport sector is responsible for the 15% of the carbon emission as opposed to Livestock that is responsible for 18% of the greenhouses. The greenhouse emission from the consumption of 1kg beef is around the same for automobile running for around 160 kilometers. 

Other Concerns:

Beef production requires around 28 times more land compared other livestock. Apart from this it is bad for water conservation too. The cattle require more water compared to any other livestock or the staple crops that we grow. Apart from this, cattle also release a gas called methane which is almost 21 times more harmful than the carbon di-oxide.

How we can help?

Staying away from Beef consumption is the best way to reduce the carbon footprint and if you can’t stop eating it, then you should at least try to reduce the consumption. Healthy eating is not just important for you but it saves the whole planet from the disastrous effects of the global warming too.


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