The reason meat has a large carbon footprint is that the amount of land, food, and water used to grow the animals. The temperature controls to transport these animals and keep them safe for consumption requires a lot of energy. With red meats having the highest carbon footprint and fish having the least, there are some really interesting ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
For example, replacing red meat with a plant based diet for just one day of the week can lead to a reduction in your carbon footprint of 0.4 tons per year! If you would like a simple tool to see how something like a meatless monday can help you, check out this amazing tool: https://www.omnicalculator.com/ecology/meat-footprint
At the end of the day, there are a lot of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint even if you don’t give up meat, even reducing your consumption can help! Things like meatless Mondays are a perfect way to start!
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