Q and A

I heard that eating hamburgers may contribute to climate change. How does that happen?

Livestock (cows, pigs, chickens and other animals) are responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions around the world*. This includes 9% of all CO2, 65% of nitrous oxide, and 37% of methane emissions. Methane is also one of the most powerful greenhouse gasses and is 23 times stronger than CO2 in capturing heat.

Livestock produce methane during their food digestion process. Additional greenhouse gases are produced when land is deforested for grazing and when meat is transported from the farms to the stores. In some countries, the average person eats 176 pounds of meat every year*. By eating less meat and more vegetables, we can help lower our individual CO2 emissions by up to 3000 pounds every year*! It’s great to know all the ways we can help the earth.

*FAO- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations