Meat, is it bad for the climate?
The carbon footprint of eating meat can vary depending on several factors, including the type of meat, the animal's diet and living conditions, and the production and transportation methods used to bring the meat to market.
In general, meat production has a significant carbon footprint due to the greenhouse gas emissions associated with various stages of the process. For example, methane emissions from livestock (especially cattle) and their manure, along with nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer use and manure management, contribute significantly to the carbon footprint of meat production. Additionally, the production of feed for livestock often involves deforestation, land-use change, and the use of fossil fuels for production and transportation.
According to research, the carbon footprint of beef is particularly high, with estimates ranging from 14.5 kg to 60 kg of CO2 equivalent per kilogram of beef produced, depending on the production methods used. Pork and poultry have a lower carbon footprint than beef, with estimates ranging from 3.5 kg to 6 kg and 2.4 kg to 4 kg of CO2 equivalent per kilogram of meat produced, respectively.
It's important to note that the carbon footprint of meat production can be reduced through sustainable production practices, such as pasture-raised livestock and regenerative agriculture. Additionally, reducing meat consumption, particularly of beef and lamb, can significantly reduce an individual's carbon footprint.Back to Blog