Reduce your carbon footprint
Cutting out meat will cut your carbon footprint
- Livestock farming is responsible for almost 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human-related activities.
- Nitrous oxide is almost 300 times as damaging to the climate as carbon dioxide and 65% of the total quantity produced by human activity comes from livestock, mostly their manure.
- Methane has 25 times the global warming impact of carbon dioxide and a single cow can produce 500 litres of methane a day.
- Cows and sheep are responsible for 37% of the total methane generated by human activity.
- Carbon dioxide is emitted when forests are cleared for grazing or for growing grain to feed animals. Fossil fuels are used to transport animals and to power the production of their feed.
Find out more in our fully referenced fact sheets.
Going vegetarian, particularly if you reduce the amount of dairy that you eat, will cut your carbon footprint without compromising on taste or your own health.