We’ve pulled together some resources to inspire, educate and equip you to understand why less and better meat is so important to our health, the environment, animals and farmers.
Why less meat?
- Changing Climate, Changing Diet: Pathways to Lower Meat Consumption: Chatham House report on government actions needed to change diets and reduce national meat consumption to combat climate change.
- Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future : World Resources Institute’s paper on how changing the type, combination, and quantity of foods consumed can help create a sustainable food future
- Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change and Health: The Environmental Working Group provides a detailed life cycle assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions of different kinds of animal and plant based foods.
- The Importance of Reducing Animal Product Consumption and Wated Food in Mitigating Catastrophic Climate Change John Hopkins Center for A Livable Future provides compelling data on why reducing animal foods consumption is critical for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
- The Meat Racket by Christopher Leonard:
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
- Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment by Denis A. Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes
- Meat Hooked by Marta Zaraska
- High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat by Eleanor Boyle
- Eating Animals by Joanthan Saffran Foer
Movies and videos:
- Forks over Knives: This documentary explores and affirms the claim that most (if not all) degenerative diseases can be reversed by changing our diets and rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
- Vegucated: Three omnivore New Yorkers plan to eat vegan for three weeks, and discover the hidden side of the animal agriculture industry along the way.
- Planeat: This UK documentary examines the myriad health and environmental impacts caused by consumer’s love affair with meat and dairy.
- TEDx: Plant-Strong & Healthy Living: Rip Esselstyn, former firefighter and author of The Engine 2 Diet, speaks on the benefits of a plant-based diet to battle chronic diseases.
- The Hidden Cost of Hamburgers: The Center for Investigative Reporting produced this video as part of the “Food for 9 Billion” project
- TED: Weekday Vegetarian: Graham Hill knows all the benefits of a vegetarian diet – and advocates for weekday vegetarianism to commit to eating less meat while not abstaining from it entirely.
- Eating you Alive: A Feature-length documentary about why Americans are so sick and what we can do about it.
Why better beef?
Movies and videos:
- The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth: One worldwide solution to carbon sequestration in grasslands.
- In this episode, “The Meat of the Matter” in PBS’s Food Forward series, we watch the costs to American health and the environment from cheap meat production and are introduced to a new breed of ranchers: caring for the soil, for their animals, and the health of their customers.
- In this Ted Talk, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in the Shenandoah Valley talks about “Cows, Carbon, and Climate”, the symbiotic relationship of livestock and soil.
- In this video Soil Carbon Cowboys, filmmaker Peter Byck follows three cattle ranchers to document their innovative grazing techniques to show how livestock can be managed to improve rangelands.
- In this video presentation: Sense of Place, Livestock producer and advocate Mike Callicrate explains the harms of industrial agriculture and the benefits of putting animals back on the land.
- In this video presentation: Grazing Down for Carbon: The Scientific Case for Grassland Restoration, Richard Teague discusses how land managers can focus their efforts on ecosystem-based principles and shares his studies on adaptive rangeland management, land restoration, and carbon storage.
- In this video A Fence and Its Owner, Ranney Ranch in New Mexico successfully implements Adaptive Multi-Paddock grazing during a 15-year drought.
- A Guide to Avoiding Factory Farmed Meat and Dairy
- Like meat too much to give it up? Semi-vegetarian is good for your health
- Cutting down on the meat, but not the taste
- Farmers make the case for pasture-raised animals with Pro-Pasture Fridays campaign
- While BBQ Season Sizzles, a Case for Healthy Farms and Better Beef
- The amazing benefits of grass-fed beef
- A way to save America’s bees: buy free-range beef
- Avoiding Factory Farm Foods: An Eater’s Guide
- The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture can Save the Planet Part 2
- Consumers requesting Better Beef
- Defending Beef by Nicolette Hahn Niman: A vegetarian environmental lawyer turned cattle rancher writes on the benefits of quality pasture-raised beef
- Grass-Fed Nation: Getting Back the Food We Deserve by Graham Harvey: An “urgent manifesto” for grass-fed foods
- Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country, by Courtney White
- The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security, by Eric Toensmeier
- The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristen Ohlson