b'OCTOBER 2019Is Beef to Blame for Climate Change?From Meatless Mondays to the EAT-Lancetgreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions bybeef removed as a protein option, an initiative, the beef industry has seen theonly 2.6 percent. Dr. Frank Mitloehner,equivalent source of protein would need call for consumers to eat less beef manyprofessor and air quality specialist forto take its placeand have its own GHG times over. A recent EAT-Lancet report outthe Department of Animal Science at theemission consequences. 2of the United Kingdom suggests that theUniversity of California says, AccordingMitloehner believes the majority of public only way to save the planet is to eat lessto our research, if the practice of Meatlessconfusion comes back to the wrongly meatand more nuts and beans. ReportsMonday were to be adopted by allreported environmental impact of meat such as these in uence dietary guidelinesAmericans, wed see a reduction of only around the world, so it is imperative0.5 percent. 1 and milk in the 2006 United Nations the beef industry both understandsreport, Livestocks Long Shadow. The and shares the true facts about beefsBeef Checkoresearch shows thatdocument stated, The livestock sector is environmental footprint. removing beef from the diet woulda major player, responsible for 18 percent likely have negative implications on theof greenhouse gas emissions measured A recent study shows that even ifsustainability of the U.S. food system,in carbon dioxide equivalents. This is a Americans removed all animal proteinas cattle are able to convert low-qualityhigher share than transport. 3from their diets, they would reduce U.S.feed into high-quality protein. WithContinued on Next Page D R I V I N G D E M A N D F O R B E E F. C O M'