The cut of the beef does not have as big of an impact as the type of beef, as all cuts still come from the cow in general (so a tenderloin would have the same impact as a skirt steak). The way the beef was raised has a larger environmental impact. An example would be a free range, grass fed cow having a lower carbon impact than a corn fed cow raised on a factory farm (as factory farms tend to produce more pollutants and carbon and be more energy intensive than free range pasture operations). The source of the beef would also be a factor, with beef that travels a shorter distance to the consumer having a lower impact.
Any cut of beef is bad for the environment. To raise a cow for beef requires ten times the amount of grain needes to feed one person. Also, each pound of beef requires 2,500 to 5,000 gallons of water to produce. Large factory farms that raise cattle for beef burn a lot of fossil fuels and are responsible for huge amounts of unsanitary waste.
By cutting back on the amount of beef we eat, a lot of good can be done for our environment.
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