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  1. #1 The environmental impact of beef. 
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    It has been reported on the BBC that beef production is strikingly more environmentally burdensome than other forms of meat production.

    Land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States

    I feel myself that this will likely have no effect on my own consumption of beef (small but occasional).

    Should beef be considered a "luxury" product and taxed as such ?

    I feel that it may be an easy option as I can far more easily envisage being deprived of just beef than all non vegetal sources of protein.


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    I think that's a great idea, but good luck getting that passed


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    Marginal, native grasslands are used to pasture cattle. The alternative, of converting these last remaining natural grasslands to monoculture croplands, is yeah more efficient but do we really want to go there?
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    The heavy impact on the environment of meat production was known but the research shows a new scale and scope of damage, particularly for beef.
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    I might be just a homework helper but based on my knowledge all agriculture accounts for 9% of US CO2 production. The largest CO2 production takes place in transportation and electric energy generation (56% of US CO2), followed by industry (21%), and China leads the US in CO2 production by 50% because of their reliance on coal in power generation and industry. To win this game we have to address the large issues, and agriculture isn't one of them (yeah, yeah, let's all eat a few fewer burgers/steaks every month, for health reasons).
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    Quote Originally Posted by alec33 View Post
    I might be just a****** but based on my knowledge all agriculture accounts for 9% of US CO2 production. The largest CO2 production takes place in transportation and electric energy generation (56% of US CO2), followed by industry (21%), and China leads the US in CO2 production by 50% because of their reliance on coal in power generation and industry. To win this game we have to address the large issues, and agriculture isn't one of them (yeah, yeah, let's all eat a few fewer burgers/steaks every month, for health reasons).
    Disrupting the Cow: This Plant-Based Burger Smells, Tastes, and Bleeds Like the Real Thing - NBC News

    But I take your point that it is not a major player compared to other inputs.

    I am hoping that the Chinese solar power industry will do us all a favour as regards global warming .

    I am also hoping that Trump will have a change of "heart" on the Paris accords .(makes me sick to wish him well in any sense but we are where we are)

    EDIT: you will have to remove that link.
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