Choosing to eat beans instead of beef would free up 42% of cropland in the United States a recent study looking at how the U.S. could meet its climate change targets found. One of the keys to a short-term reduction of harmful greenhouse gases may be found on your dinner plate.
One simple change in American eating habits would have a large impact: eat beans instead of beef. This would immediately help the U.S. achieve 50-75% of its GHG target for 2020, and it would be accomplished without any new standards on automobiles!
In addition, eating beans instead of meat is not only good for the environment–it is also good for your health.
Text: Fred Hardinge
Reference: Harwatt, H., Sabaté, J., Eshel, G., Soret, S. and Ripple, W. (2017) Substituting beans for beef as a contribution toward US climate change targets. Climate Change. (2017) 143:261–270DOI 10.1007/s10584-017-1969-1