CNN Newsource – If you want to help save the planet, you might want to think about cutting back on the amount of beef you eat.
So, how much do you need to cut back? About a burger and a half each week. That’s the latest research from the world resources institute.
It’s all based on just how much food it’s going to take to feed people by the time it’s 2050, when there’s expected to be about 10 billion people on the planet.
In their latest report, they say Americans will need to cut back by about 40%, and Europeans will have to eat about 22% less beef if we’re going to feed everyone.
Why is beef getting the brunt of it? Well, cows require about 20 times more land and make more than 20 times more greenhouse gas than growing certain plants. Cows also grow and reproduce slower than pigs and chicken– so they need more food and water.
Before you balk at saying bye-bye to beef, the report says it’s actually pretty doable. Even though cows use 43% of land we have for agriculture, beef is only about 3% of the calories we eat in the U.S., not to mention all the beef alternative options out there.