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July 12, 2020 - Mashable

Yes, alternative meat can help stop climate change. Here's why.

Yes, alternative meat can help stop climate change. Here's why.
Plant-based burger, vegan meatCredit: Impossible Foods

We live in a rapidly-warming world that is saturated in meat.

Even in the wake of a pandemic that shuttered processing plants, raised prices, and boosted sales of alternative meat, the $1.7 trillion global animal meat industry didn't go anywhere. Beef is still a staple at supermarkets, restaurants and family tables across the U.S. (Pork remains the most popular meat in most of Europe and Asia).

That's a shame because cutting down on meat consumption in general — and beef in particular — is one of the best things we can do as individuals for the environment. Livestock is the cause of one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark 2014 U.S. land use study. And not all livestock was created equal. Each cow needs 28 times more land and 11 times more water than the average agricultural animal; each cow leads to 5 times the emissions.

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