If Americans swapped one serving of beef per day for chicken, their diets’ greenhouse gas emissions would fall by average of 48% and water-use impact by 30%. Also, replacing a serving of shrimp with cod reduced greenhouse emissions by 34%; replacing dairy milk with soymilk resulted in 8% reduction.

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“Just one serving per day” How many servings of beef are in a meal and how times does one eat beef in a day? I love beef but I probably have it once a week or less. Especially with these prices lately. Pork, chicken, and even sometimes fish are much more economical.


Anyone know why shrimp has more emissions than cod? I take it that’s assuming it’s farmed?


In all seriousness Eating less meat would only have good effects for everyone , environment and health wise. Eating a meat less frequently will still give us the nutrients we need and it will taste better if we eat it less compared to if we eat it 3 times a day.(absence makes the heart grow fonder) Then we will regard it as special.


This study, like many others, fails to compare this to the major industrial and petrochemical contributions. Yes, you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions from say 10 units to 5 units. But doing so doesn’t do much help compared to the 100,000,000,000 units shell and chevron contribute. Let’s drive some corporate responsibility.


Swapping beef for chicken has an unfortunate side effect for those concerned about animal suffering as well as emissions. Not only does eating chicken require raising and slaughtering more animals, but chickens are generally kept in much harsher conditions than cattle.