Why is U.S. first in the world in meat consumption– Sustainable Earth Eating Annual Report asks?

10/14/2022Washington, DC– Sustainable Earth Eating (SEE) in issuing its first annual report, asks the question, why is the U.S. the world’s biggest meat consumer, when most research shows, the negative impacts on both human health and on the climate from eating meat. Numerous medical studies have established that eating animal flesh contributes to heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, SEE’s executive director said in an open letter in its annual report.

The report highlighted SEE’s accomplishments in its first year as a non-profit dedicated to initiatives that inform the public of the outsized contribution of animal agriculture to climate change, and to influence the media to report accurately on the climate-warming effects of animal agriculture. 

SEE Chairman Edgar Ndjatou said, “SEE is nearly a year old and has already made an impact in climate change policy! We have created helpful content to educate the public on our mission, created strategic partnerships within the climate change community, created programming, and have raised awareness about climate change to elected officials.

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SEE has created an exciting and active website along with a monthly newsletter that reaches the environmental press and features interviews with industry leaders, Ndjatou said. “Collectively, the website and the newsletter have over a million viewers. SEE’s social media presence is equally as robust and far reaching. There are currently 2,000 Instagram account followers. On July 4, SEE’s Tik Tok videos about eating hamburgers had 10,000 views.” 

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Founder DeMarines says she looks forward to inaugurating, this fall, after-school programs at high and middle schools of Montgomery County, Md, teaching plant-based nutrition and cooking classes.  

SEE says U.S. should not be first in meat consumption 

DeMarines points out, “It’s obvious that feeding cows requires enormous resources of water and food. Rather than feed cattle, let’s eat those plants ourselves. The livestock industry uses 80% of the world’s agricultural land —yet only produces 20% of food needed globally. We can’t simultaneously lead the world in meat consumption and try to lead the world in reversing climate change.”

SEE will continue working to reduce the leading driver of global warming—animal agriculture—from both big-picture and grass roots angles. The big-picture approach involves correcting the story told to the public, which usually discounts or overlooks the reality that animal agriculture contributes more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than any other single cause. The grass roots approach involves encouraging individuals to improve their own health and reduce their own carbon footprint by adopting a plant-based diet. Note: For a copy of the annual report, contact demarines@sustainableeartheating.org.

SEE engages in outreach, advocacy, and educational initiatives to provide accurate information on the outsized contribution of animal agriculture to climate change, which is often under-reported or ignored in the climate debate. The non-profit sends a “Climate Wednesday” release to media weekly, with data on intersection between climate and food. Plant-based recipes and other resources to those interested in lowering their carbon footprint are available on its website, www.sustainableeartheating.org.

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