The (Surprisingly) Best Way to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

If we really want to diminish our carbon footprint, we need to focus on behavior that is somewhat different from what we usually do.

The Downside of Vegan Leather

With meat demand going up and leather demand going down, the cowhide industry has a devastating supply and a demand problem.

Where Meat Is Never a Free Lunch

Cow burps were supposed to be the problem. As a substantial source of methane, cattle (and other ruminants) naturally boosted the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). From there, the story suggests Meatless Mondays. By eating less meat, we can save…

How Crickets Are Like The Model T Ford

In addition to hot dogs and nachos, sports fans can nibble on crispy crickets at the Oakland Coliseum. Available in zesty lime or sweet 5-spice, these pouches of crickets were sold during 2018 Athletics and Raiders games: But they are…

The Meat Problem at the UN Climate Talks

With UN climate talks starting, one issue that will be tough to manage is the unavoidable growing demand for meat in emerging market nations like China.

Opportunity Cost & The Meat Eater's Dilemma

Our Wednesday environment focus: Are you a meat avoider, eater or reducer? On a scale of meat consumption, we can place the avoiders at one end, the eaters at the other, and the reducers in the middle because they are meatless for at least one day each week. Where…

Cow Burps and Global Warming

As most of us know, cow burps add to global warming. So too do the methane releases of sheep, goats and other ruminant animals. In a recent opinion piece in Nature Climate Change, a group of researchers suggest we should…

Elasticity: Eating More Meat

Earning more probably means eating more meat. Chinese meat consumption surpassed the US in 1990. Their 7-fold increase since 1980 corresponds to a huge GDP pop–maybe by a 50 multiple. One Australian economist hypothesizes that when an economy doubles, people eat 15%…