The US Meat Experience
Americans eat 10-12 times more meat than the average person in Mozambique or Bangladesh (NPR)
- More disposable income
- America’s “Efficient“ Meat Production
- Cultural Taste for Meat
It Tastes Good, Why Eat Less Meat?
- 1 pound of meat consumes 2500 gallons of water and 16 pounds of wheat
- Red Meat is around 150% more GHG-intensive than chicken or fish (ACS)
- 8% -51% of the world’s GHG is attributable to raising animals for food (FOA)
How Can I Eat Less Meat?
- Eat MORE fruits and veggies
- Make Meat a Side-dish, not the main entrée
- Eating vegetarian for one day on average reduces your carbon footprint by 8lbs. Many people do this by participating in "Meatless Mondays”
- Become a Vegetarian [avoid meat like beef, pork, chicken and fish]
- Become a Pescetarian [avoid beef, pork, and chicken but occasionally eat fish]
Remember to Eat Sustainably-Sourced Fish! Download the Regional Seafood Guide here: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org
Why do people become vegetarians?
- Dislike of Meat
- Compassion for Animals
- Belief in Nonviolence
Where Can I Get Sustainably Sourced Meat in Ann Arbor?
People's Food Co-op
Knights Meat Market
Old Pine Farm Meat CSA
Back Forty Acres
Bending Sickle Community Farm
1643 S State
216 N Fourth
University of Michigan Resources
- Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States
- Vegetarian Resource Group
- How Much Water Does it Take to Make 1 Pound of Beef?
- Check out the Interactive PBS Frontline Investigation: Modern Meat
- Less Meat, Less Global Warming
- Why Less Meat?
- Meat Eaters Guide
- Meatless Meals
1- The line dry calculation is based on average single household energy consumption, EPA website. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator2.html#c=waste&... Accessed February 2011:
3- EWG calculation assumes replacing the consumption of an 8-ounce steak with 8 ounces of vegetable protein as follows: 6.1 (CO2e of 8 ounces beef) – .48 (8 ounces of vegetable protein) = 5.62 kg CO2 saved per person for each day of replacing meat with protein. 5.6*52 = 292 kgs =.29 metric tons saved replacing steak one day a week over one year. 29 metric tons = 639 miles (see above)*4 = 2,557 miles (nearly three months of driving) if family of four skips steak once a week.
4- EWG assumes replacement of average per capita meat and cheese consumption with a vegetable meal of equivalent protein content. The calculation is as follows: 3.19 CO2e-.60 CO2e = 2.59 kg saved per day. 2.59*52=135 kg CO2e = 13.5 metric tons. Entire US population going meatless and cheese-less one day a week over a year: 13.5*309050816 = 41,421,860 metric tons = 90,699,696,000 miles driven = 7,558,308 cars off the road.