Eating Less Meat: Why You Should and How You Can Do It

If eating less meat seems like a trivial idea when it comes to helping save the planet, think again. Check out some of TreeHugger’s more compelling coverage of the concept.

1) Worldwide agriculture, especially livestock production, accounts for about a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions, so it follows that an easy solution is to just eat less meat []. Easier said than done, though.
2) Eating meat carried with it a significant carbon footprint, nearly on par with our transportation and homes. Consumption of meat was near the top of the list [] of a recent strategy unveiled by the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), who simultaneously noted that it’s awful tough to get people to hop off the meat-eating bandwagon.
3) Still, the significance of the single act cannot be overlooked. A British physicist calculates that animals we eat generate 21% of all the carbon dioxide [] that can be attributed to human activity. Wow.

4) More numbers for you: A recent United Nations study reports that cattle, like the Highland cow above, are “responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.”
5) Further, you can save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year [].
6) Interestingly, though, it turns out the diet with the smallest possible “foodprint” [] in New York state contains a portion of meat and dairy. That’s right, the smallest foodprint is a mix of veggies and meat; though this isn’t the case everywhere, it does showcase how it’s important to consider your local area’s resources and agriculture.

7) Okay, so now that you know, how do you do it? We’ve got some tips on how to become a vegetarian [].
8) It’s a remarkably big step to take, so if you absolutely, positively can’t cut meat out, we recommend that you make the meat go further [] and reduce your consumption without cutting it completely out.