Many facets of cows make them problematic for the environment. According to the Washington Post, if cows were a country of their own, they would be the third largest emitters of greenhouse gases globally. The amount of farmland cows require is also quite extensive.

Deforestation is linked to beef consumption and production. In the Amazon and in Australia, valuable forests are removed to make way for beef production. When chopped down, these forests cannot provide valuable carbon sinks. Cows require a lot of land, water and food.

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These companies are cutting down forests to increase production to meet global demand. As population increases, the world will need more area and land to meet food habits. Average amounts of meat consumption per person has doubled since the 1960s.

If people reduced their meat consumption, the planet would benefit. Carbon emissions would be reduced and less forests would be chopped down to meet demands for beef. Reducing agriculture is an important step to meeting emissions targets. Richard Waite at the World Resources Institute told the Washington Post, “But if we don’t reduce emissions from agriculture, we’re not going to be able to hit climate targets even if we get it exactly right on fossil fuels.”

The United Nation recently released a report warning countries about the dangers of climate change and has urged people to eat more plant-based as a way to curb it. We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, plant-based/vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

On the health side, dairy has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects. Not to mention, plant-based diets are known to help chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more!

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