Where does CO2 come from?

Transportation

14%

Fossil fuel retrieval

12%

Livestock production

18%

This year’s earth day is all about giving up. Participants are challenged to help 12% create a healthier world by giving up Agriculture 10% watching tv,or using toxic household Residential Manufacturing 7% cleaners, or buying stu or eating meat.

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If all Canadian families* did this for one week, we could reduce our carbon footprint by 133,200,000 lb.
* estimated 9 million families in Canada

21%
Energy production Waste disposal/treatment Land use

So how does giving up this

Suppose you and your family BBQ hamburgers every Saturday night.
(family of four, four quarter pound burgers or equivalent in other beef cuts)

At earthday.ca you can sign up to stop eating meat for various lengths of time.

1 lb. 14.8 lb.
of beef creates of CO2
1.1 lbs. of carbon dioxide would fill one of these large exercise balls with a diameter of 2.5 ft. (0.7 m)
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY MEGAN DINNER/QMI AGENCY

Producing

lead to a healthy world? Beef is one of the biggest CO2 producers on Earth
How beef production leads to greenhouse gases

1 week 14.8 lb. 2 weeks 29.6 lb. 3 weeks 44.4 lb. 4 weeks 59.2 lb.
Beef production
Thousands of metric tons, 2010

By eliminating having these burgers for:

You could reduce CO2 emissions by:

Loss of CO2absorbing trees, grasses and other plants due to land being used for crops to feed cattle

40%

Fertilizer production for feed crops

14% 14%

Greenhouse gas emissions from cattle and their waste

32%

U.S. Brazil EU-27 China India Argentina Australia Mexico Pakistan Russia Canada

General farm production

Sources: Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA; Scientific American; Earth Day Canada

* estimated 34,238,000 population

Canadians consumed 2.2 billion pounds of beef in 2010, or an average of 1.2 lb. per person, per week*.

11,828 9,145 7,870 5,550 2,850 2,600 2,080 1,731 1,486 1,300 1,285

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