Item 5: what I plan to do to help #savetheplanet

I long ago began substituting fish and dairy products for beef and lamb as the statistics on the contribution of livestock to global warming are well established. I realize that a largely plant-based diet is the healthiest for the planet but don’t like the mouth feel of legumes and really do enjoy eating cheese, the occasional hamburger, and 1% milk on my cereal (with berries). I’m going to have to bite the bullet now.


Stop eating beef and lamb altogether except for very rare occasions. One set of numbers explains why. Global livestock produce 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions globally with beef production 65% of that amount. (The huge impact from cattle and sheep raised for food results partially from the plentiful methane farts produced as part of their digestive process.) The report says that even a 30% reduction in beef and lamb consumption would have a huge effect. I cut back to maybe once a week some time ago so I’d have to essentially give livestock up as a food source, remembering that livestock products include dairy. I can do that. It also means consuming more legumes as a protein source — that will be tougher.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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