It petrifies me that 15,000 litres of water, 5 square meters of land and 30kg of greenhouse gas emissions are the cost of producing a mere kilo of beef.
With COP21 underway, I dearly hope that a meat tax is prioritised. Not only would such a tax reduce emissions, it could also benefit people's health and generate additional revenue that could be reinvested in more sustainable methods of producing food. To the naysayers who argue a meat tax would impact the poorest in society, I say the current path of inaction has infinitely greater costs.
Beef’s environmental impact dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork, new research reveals, with one expert saying that eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut carbon emissions than giving up their cars.