If you are worried about global warming, have you given up beef?

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    Jul 26, 2014 5:01 PM GMT
    "Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert: Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken"

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/giving-up-beef-reduce-carbon-footprint-more-than-cars
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    Jul 26, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    For the most part, yea. Hardly ever cook it but will eat it if out with people and that's what they want. It's not that good for you either, so it was never something I ate every week.
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    Jul 26, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    Once they perfect lab grown meat, then this won't be an issue. Mmm.. petri dish muscle fibers.

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    Aug 17, 2014 9:17 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 saidFor the most part, yea. Hardly ever cook it but will eat it if out with people and that's what they want. It's not that good for you either, so it was never something I ate every week.


    Same here. Five years ago I mostly gave up eating all meat. I had a regular commute through the Central Valley of CA on I-5 and passed the stockyards one too many times. The stockyards are filthy and smell to high heavens for miles around, and it just seemed like the whole thing was out of whack. The cattle look miserable in the sweltering sun, sitting in their filth, and I thought that was enough. Given the scale of it, it just seemed like a mess for the environment in all respects.

    Having said that, I haven't given up meat entirely, but I'd say 90-95%. I'll eat it when I go out with people, or the occasional craving (including hamburgers, maybe once a month or so). Just not as much as before.

    It's unfortunate that so many approach cutting out meat as an absolute either/or. The idea of "Meatless Mondays" was that even a one-day-a-week change could make a big impact on health and the environment. I'd think if there was not such an emphasis on having a huge volume of meat production it could reduced in scale and be less damaging overall to the environment. Hopefully the animals could be treated better too, but maybe I'm just being idealistic about all that!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 17, 2014 11:54 PM GMT
    I have cut back on beef but I am not giving it up entirely. I now only eat grass fed beef because it is more nutritious. I will do everything to avoid that horrible corn fed beef because that stuff just doesn't taste right and it is loaded with artery clogging crap. You really can taste the difference between corn fed beef and grass fed beef and the grass fed beef is not only healthier but it tastes a lot better as well.
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    Aug 18, 2014 6:40 PM GMT
    Not 100%, but I can count the times I eat it per month on one hand, with fingers left over.
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    Aug 19, 2014 3:07 AM GMT
    Ahh if only global warming existed but it actually is just climate change and not all of whats happening is because of just us
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    Aug 19, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    olaff saidAhh if only global warming existed but it actually is just climate change and not all of whats happening is because of just us
    Thank you. +1
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    Aug 21, 2014 12:53 PM GMT
    I am just saying that we are not the only ones to blame, did you know that volcanoes release gases that effect the ozone when they erupt.... we did not cause that