23-07-2014 09:26 AM | United Kingdom

Beef is 10 times more damaging to the environment than poultry, dairy, eggs or pork

A new study has revealed that beef production is 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other type of livestock.

The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more water than poultry, pork, dairy, or eggs.

“Beef is consistently the least resource-efficient of the five animal categories," said the study’s authors, who noted that beef consumption need to be minimized in the US where it currently accounts for seven per cent of all calories consumed.

While it’s long been known that producing beef is significantly more damaging to the environment than other meats, the authors of the paper say that this the first time the exact differences have been quantified.
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