Have you seen those advertisements with a tender beef steak in the middle of salad leaves and two slices of plump bread?
This picture of your steak is just so unrealistic. The truth is that ads actually use your carnivorous instincts to sell your soul to the beefed out devil.
The production of your steak requires a huge quantity of water equivalent to the production of 120 salads! So by not eating beef meat, you have an efficient way to act concretely to save drinkable water and reduce your ecological impact.
Yes, there is a link between your steak and all this water: the animal. Not only because a cow drinks 25-55 liters of water per day (6.6-14.5 gallons), but also because it eats water-guzzling food (grass, corn, soybeans).
In addition, the production of this food often involves pesticides that pollute the groundwater. There are added to the excrement of the animal confined in a very small space: about 3kg of poo per day (6.6 lbs.), that cannot be absorbed naturally by the ground, end up in the rivers.
To conclude, your steak does not tell you that cow farts are one of the main causes of greenhouse gas emissions. On average, each of your beefsteaks produces as much CO2 as if you have driven 50 km (31 miles) with your car.
Instead of beef, what about more vacation?
A tip shared by Gilles
VOS ECONOMIES ENVIRONNEMENTALES*
For each steak that you do not eat, you save around:
- 793 gallons / 3,000 liters of water ((watering the animal and its food, water pollution of its excrements)
- 132 lbs. / 60 kg of CO2 equivalent (animal emissions, oil extraction and transportation)
- 5 fl. oz / 400 ml of oil (transportation and packaging)
- 3 kW of power (farming and meat processing)
- 258 ft2 / 24 m2 ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
You might hear a little voice in your mind saying “yes but it depends on the steaks. Also, we need protein, iron, and all of that” So let’s eat dried pulses: soy, lentils, split peas, chickpeas and beans contain more iron and protein than meat!
(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.