The environmental cost behind every steak consumed is staggering.
Here the numbers:
1,800 gallons of water: rearing animals is the world’s most water intensive food industry.
64.5 square feet of land: currently livestock is the world’s largest user of land resources, with 26% of ice-free land dedicated to grazing and over half of current global crop production going to feeding livestock.
13.5 lbs of Feed: 1/3 of fish and 36% of crop calories are turned into animal feed.
0.126lbs of methane: methane is 20x more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. A cow’s digestive system naturally produces methane.
4lbs of carbon: total carbon footprint released during a steak’s production
In a future of water scarcity, a growing population and warming temperatures this allocation of precious resources to livestock cannot persist. We must decrease our steak consumption.