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There have been numerous studies linking the consumption of meat to health risks, but a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists claims that meat production is just as dangerous to the environment. The study, entitled “Grade A Choice? Solutions for Deforestation-Free Meat,” states that the vast amounts of land required for meat production is one of the leading causes of deforestation and global warming emissions. Findings also reveal that a shift towards less red meat consumption would protect the planet by drastically reducing those emissions.
“We have a big beef with beef,” said Doug Boucher, a Union of Concerned Scientists’ director and co-author of the report in a statement. “Because of the way it is produced, the more beef we eat, the worse global warming gets.”
Calling red meat “ecologically inefficient,” the report finds that beef production consumes a staggering 60 percent of the world’s agricultural land, but returns less than 5 percent of the protein and 2 percent of the calories that feeds the world.