Is Chicken More Environmentally Friendly Than Beef?

A quarter of all carbon footprints we leave on earth comes from the foods we consume.
Irmak Bayrakdar

Turns out you can help the earth by cutting your carbon release rates in half, just by replacing your meat.

According to recent results put forward by researchers from Yale University, Bard College, and Weizmann Institute of Science, the carbon release rates when you’re consuming chicken is much lower than when you’re consuming beef. 

Results show that even a slight change in our daily lives can make a big difference in the fight with climate change.


The fact is that the amount of energy, fertilizer, and land used for beef production generates 10 times more carbon emission in comparison and hence, makes chicken more appealing in terms of environmentalism. Cattle, by their nature, require more feed and wider land as a result of their size when compared to other smaller livestock such as chicken. 

Is Chicken More Environmentally Friendly Than Beef?
Energy Used To Produce Beef Results In Pollution, Source: Depositphotos

According to recent research from Harvard University and a report from EAT-Lancet Commission, choosing a plant-based diet rather than eating animal-based products is both healthier and better for the environment.

Though limiting all meat consumption worldwide is deemed necessary for, if not reverting but stopping global warming, eating chicken over beef is one of the ways you may be of help if you do not wish to stop consuming animal products.

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