By moving focus and resources abroad, the industry could help companies in developing countries achieve production efficiencies similar to the leading markets, such as the U.S.
Reduce Consumption. Ultimately, the most effective way to reduce livestock’s effects on climate change would be to naturally curb our appetite for it altogether.
“Switching to grass-fed beef and dairy does not solve the climate problem—only a reduction in consumption of livestock products will do that,” said Peter Smith, an author on the report, to Science Magazine.
Restaurants could de-emphasize livestock products on their menu, offering more vegetarian or vegan dishes instead. Further, companies that utilize beef in their products could look to phase the ingredient out for eco-friendlier and/or vegetarian alternatives.
“If high consuming individuals and countries want to do something positive for the climate, maintaining their current consumption levels but simply switching to grass-fed beef is not a solution,” holds Dr. Garnett, “Eating less meat, of all types, is.”
Novis is an editorial intern for Wiley’s U.S. B2B editorial division.