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Why Meat Is Not Sustainable

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Published on Jun 23, 2013

Beef and other red meats are not sustainable. This video explains some of the problems with consuming too much red meat and provides environmentally friendly alternatives.

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Beef - 5.74 pounds of CO2 per pound
*Cheese - 5.74 pounds of CO2 per pound: 1 pound of cheese typically requires between 7 and 10 pounds of milk to produce. Depending on the type of cheese, and where the milk comes from, cheese can have an even larger carbon footprint than beef.
Butter - 3.26 pounds of CO2 per pound
Chicken - 2.69 pounds of CO2 per pound
Fish - 1.85 pounds of CO2 per pound
Fruits - 1.75 pounds of CO2 per pound
Vegetables - 1.60 pounds of CO2 per pound
Breads - 0.53 pounds of CO2 per pound
Pastas - 0.32 pounds of CO2 per pound

Sources:

Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living
Union of Concerned Scientists

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