The production and raising of livestock for meat consumption is not good for the environment at all. Animal production has been linked to countless diseases such as salmonellosis and E. coli 0157, and many researchers say the current way of raising animals for food is disastrous for the environment.
According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “livestock production is one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.”
Beef production contributes the most CO2 to the atmosphere at 22lbs of CO2 per lb. of meat. Chicken, fish, and eggs contribute significantly less carbon at 6lbs of CO2 per lb. of meat. However, sushi is the exception because it contributes .5lbs of CO2 per piece.
(source: Sopris carbon footprint calculator)
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