Webinar: How to Build a Low-Carbon and Humane Meat Industry
There is no question that the U.S. meat industry produces significant environmental, social, and ethical harms. Beef production accounts for over 3% of U.S. emissions and is a major contributor to air and water pollution. And yet, meat remains an important cultural touchstone for many Americans, who continue to eat meat at a record pace.
Two recent reports by the Breakthrough Institute, The Clean Cow and The Case for Public Investment in Alternative Proteins, analyzed the climate impacts of the meat industry, while proposing potential solutions.
What is the solution to this problem? Can we rely on alternative sources of meat — i.e. plant-based or cultivated meat — to drive down consumption? What about legislation that increases the price of meat? Or, should we focus on reducing the negative environmental impacts of meat production through technology and best practices?