WHY IT MATTERS
About 15% of global greenhouse emissions result from livestock farming. Meats such as beef have a high climate impact. Key emissions sources are due land use changes; the land required to grow animal feed as well as the pasture management (including liming, fertilizing, and irrigation); and the emissions from slaughter waste. The average footprint of beef, excluding methane, is 36 kilograms of CO2eq per kilogram (ourworldindata.org). According to USDA-ERS average consumption per US individual per year 55 pounds, equivalent to 25kg beef consumption which is 25x36kg CO2eq= 900kg CO2 per year.
We work with the nonprofit Arbor Day on various forestation projects. Founded in 1972 the Arbor Day Foundation is the largest 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. Arbor Day intends to plant 500 million trees by 2027 in areas where they’re needed most, with a strong network of global partners and a science-based approach.