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#1 Old 03-27-2017, 08:17 PM
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Diet, Including Eating Less Beef, Dropped Americans' Carbon Emissions by 9%

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The carbon footprint of the average American's diet has shrunk by about 9 percent, largely because people are eating less beef, according to a new report.

Changes in the American diet—lower consumption of not only beef, but orange juice, pork, whole milk and chicken—meant that the average American's diet-related greenhouse gas emissions dropped from 1,932 kilograms in 2005 to 1,762 in 2014.

The analysis "just shows that small changes in our diets have impacts," said Sujatha Bergen, a food specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "There's a very concrete association between reduced red meat consumption and reduced emissions."
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#2 Old 03-28-2017, 06:12 AM
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And yet, try to tell a meat eater that their diet has huge negative impacts on the environment and first they argue with you and then they accuse you of being pushy and then they say flat out, 'they don't care, blah, blah, blah' (you know how that part goes)

Reminds me how the Oakland, California school district has pulled two meat inclusive dishes from their school lunch menu, replaced them with a veggie alternative and it has cut their carbon emissions by the equivalent of something like 126 cars 'off the road'.
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And yet, try to tell a meat eater that their diet has huge negative impacts on the environment and first they argue with you and then they accuse you of being pushy and then they say flat out, 'they don't care, blah, blah, blah' (you know how that part goes)

Reminds me how the Oakland, California school district has pulled two meat inclusive dishes from their school lunch menu, replaced them with a veggie alternative and it has cut their carbon emissions by the equivalent of something like 126 cars 'off the road'.
That's incredible!

Some people can be in denial for sure, I usually just leave them alone and focus on those who are willing to listen. The rest will come around soon enough.

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The insideclimatenews.org article is encouraging and correct; the USDA's own data shows a decrease in beef production and consumption through year 2014: https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/anim...formation.aspx .

The above USDA data includes an eye-opening detail: In the year 2003, BSE (mad cow disease) was found within the U.S. cattle herd. This discovery resulted in a sharp decline in U.S. beef exports in 2004 and 2005. BUT, even though other countries sharply reduced their consumption of U.S. beef during 2004 and 2005, Americans continued to eat as much beef as ever during those years, despite the potential threat of mad cow disease!

Frustratingly, the 2016 USDA data shows a rise in domestic meat consumption. See page 22 of this report: https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/pub...73.pdf?v=42809

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