Environment

Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

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Damian Carrington

A new study finds the production of beef requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and produces 5 times the carbon emissions than that of chicken or pork. Moreover, because beef cattle are often fed on grains, and are inefficient producers of meat, they are a major drain on the global food supply. This article suggests the easiest way to curtail beef production is on the demand side: convince people to stop eating so much beef.

However, the article raises deeper questions for the concerned Christian: why am I so disconnected from the food I eat, that I don’t know where it comes from, how it’s made, and the environmental and human consequences of its production? If God cares about the whole of his creation and has entrusted us with its care, does this not extend to our relationship with food? A good place to start discovering a Christian view of food may be Food Forethought, a short video series with a curriculum for small group discussion produced by the Marketplace Institute in collaboration with Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson.

Do you think about where your food comes from, how it is made, and the environmental and human consequences of its production? How might you go about answering these questions?

Why is it important, from a Christian perspective, to consider our approach to food?

Source: The Guardian

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