Cars, trucks, industries, home heating are the biggest causes of the air pollution. But there is also a less common one: the hamburger. Small but very dangerous for the environment. Yet, according to the scientists, if Americans gave up 1 of the 3 meat burgers, which on average consume a week, could eliminate the emissions corresponding to 12 million cars circulating for a year!

In the USA 10 billion of meat hamburger are consumed, approximately 3 per person per week. If every American would eat two instead of three, he will eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions corresponding to 12 million of cars in one year. 

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The winners of the Champions environment 2018 have conducted a study on the hamburger pollution by decomposing the basic elements of the red meat. The aim of the research was to reduce the environmental impact funding a solution with a lower environmental cost.

Reduce emissions by 90% with the vegetable burger

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Vegatable Hamburger – Pciture of Alexandra Golovac via Unsplash

The vegetable hamburger. A valid sostitute for the meat hamburger entirely produced with vegetables and plants. An eco hamburger asking from the 75% to the 99% less of water, approximately the 90% less of greenhouse emissions of normal hamburger and the 95% less of cultivable lands. 

The impact of the intensive animal farming on the environment 

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The environmental damage of intensive animal farms – Picture of Luke Stackpoole

The meat produced by the intensive animal farming has a very strong impact on the environment. An intensive animal farming emits approximately the 60% of the greenhouse emissions contributing to the air pollution. Moreover, approximately the 83% of the agricultural lans is occupied by breeding farms.

James Lomax, the responsible of the sustainable feed program and of agriculture of the United States, affirmed that “ It cows were a nation, they will be the third world biggest producers of greenhouse emissions and for the production of an hamburger of 150 grams, occur 1.600 liters of water”. 

In the future, will we all become vegetarian?

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Vegetarian food- Picture of Edgar Castrejon via Unsplash

The favorite meal of the American and the main meal of the fast food has a negative ecological footprint. 

According to the FAO, the problem is that the consumption and the demand for the meat are constantly growing. Therefore, a solution will be to produce meat trying to be the more sustainable as possible. 

In the meanwhile, we can reduce the consumption of meat coming from intensive animal farming switching to legumes and proteins food or adopting a more vegetarian diet, both at home and on vacation.

Cover picture of Niklas Rhöse via Unsplash 

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  • Thank you, Elana. Red meat is definitely something I love and enjoy eating every now and then, but I have definitely made so many efforts in reducing my meat consumption and replacing it with several protein based plants. Knowing how much red meat is having a negative impact on our environment is what lead me to reduce my consumption and find other replacements. I can’t give it up entirely yet, but at least I am consuming less :) Here is the article that helped me find protein replacements for meat for your reference: https://ecoden.ca/best-plant-based-proteins-can-replace-meat/