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November 27, 2019 - Fast Company

The beef industry wants you to think that it has a ‘minimal’ environmental impact (it does not)

The beef industry wants you to think that it has a ‘minimal’ environmental impact (it does not)
Cows at SaleyardsCredit: Aussie Farms

It’s been well reported that plant-based diets are better for the environment, because growing plants produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than raising livestock, as well as requiring less water and land use overall.

But all the research out there can be a bit confusing—such as a recently published white paper that lauds the minimal environmental impact of U.S. beef, published by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. It’s a scary time for those in the animal-product industry. Dean Foods, the largest U.S. milk producer, just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming declines in consumer milk production.

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