Bill Gates says wealthy countries should stop eating meat and choose plant-based alternatives to combat climate change. Let’s not consider that he has investments in synthetic meat companies or that he’s now the largest owner of US farmland (or if climate change is real).
📚But let’s assume meat IS the problem. I wrote a full chapter in @CarnivoreCure on this incredibly false statement.
💡Since numbers don’t lie, let me show you my math, sourced from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the UN’s FAO.
❌US livestock is NOT largely responsible for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Per the EPA, beef cattle production was responsible for only 1.9% of total US GHG emissions in 2014.
🥩In fact, US beef production advances have DECREASED GHG emissions PER POUND of beef by 9-16% from the 1970s to the present.
☀️Climate change isn’t caused by livestock. During the pandemic, animals were never shut down yet the air was cleaner. (NO2 fell by 70% in some areas).
🌱Sorry, these vegan meats won’t make a dent in climate change. These foods, made from monocrops are causing MORE harm to the environment than any type of livestock. The worst part is that these monocrops are toxic to human health.
💰Yet marketing is so good that eating meat substitutes costs more $/lb than grass fed meat.
❓So how the 1.9?
🔎You have to rummage through the tables but you can get the data. You’d think EPA would create a chart to break down this info in the 558-page report.
🤷🏻♀️Almost like they’re trying to hide the data?
🌽There’s data on corn yield and GHG emissions. Some of us believe that livestock consumes most of the US corn but most grain-fed livestock eat the non-edible parts of the corn and other grains.
🚨Next time someone says, “if we became plant-based, we can save all the vegetation (land) that goes into feeding animals, end world hunger, and save the planet.”— know it’s completely false.
🐄Swipe for UN’s data on methane and ruminant meats. UN’s livestock GLOBAL methane impact on GHGs is 0.0638 or 6% and accounts for 1.8% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. 🧐
♻️Spread the word. It was NEVER the meat.