Taking a Bite Out of Climate Change: Why We Should Stop Harming the Planet and Ourselves by Eating Too Much Beef

Taking a Bite Out of Climate Change: Why We Should Stop Harming the Planet and Ourselves by Eating Too Much Beef

Climate Focus’ Taking a Bite Out of Climate Change: Why We Should Stop Harming the Planet and Ourselves by Eating Too Much Beef – prepared for the Climate and Land Use Alliance – examines the impacts of beef production on the climate, human health, and tropical forests. After determining the environmental and human health impacts of the production and consumption of beef compared to that of other protein sources, Climate Focus, in cooperation by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, modelled the impacts of reduced beef consumption in Brazil and the U.S. and stabilized beef consumption in China. The three countries are the largest consumers of the commodity. Using the Global Biosphere Management Model, Climate Focus analyzed the benefits to the climate, health, and food security of reduced beef consumption, as well as the effect this would have on beef producers. 

Release Date

October 2017

Authors

Franziska Haupt
Senior Land Use Consultant
Charlotte Streck
Co-founder and Director
Haseebullah Bakhtary
Climate Change Consultant
Hilda Galt
Senior Consultant

Other Authors

Inputs provided by Petr Havlík, Michael Obersteiner and Hugo Valin
Research contributions from Katharina Behm and Thiago Chagas (Climate Focus)
Visuals, graphs and layout by Imaginery Office and Leo Mongendre (Climate Focus)