What’s the story on climate impact of eating beef? Cattle raising has been accused of adding to greenhouse gas problems, but there’s a thoughtful argument in favor of cattle raising. Judith Schwartz wrote about how cattle can help sequester carbon in Cows Save the Planet.
Jared Stone writes about the real problem: feed lots and cattle raising methods in today’s LA Times:
Stories about impending environmental apocalypse circulate almost daily, especially in drought-ravaged California. Many of these stories tend to blame agriculture — and specifically, beef — for gobbling up our resources. Though numbers vary widely and are hotly contested, some researchers estimate that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce each pound of beef.
The real problem, however, isn’t cattle. It’s industrial feedlots, where more than 70% of U.S. cattle eventually live.
Read the rest here.