These Climate-Conscious Farmers Say Americans Eat Too Much Meat


Dean Russell, WBUR (MA)

April 26, 2021


Stewart Lundy and Natalie McGill think Americans should eat less meat. That’s in part why they, somewhat counterintuitively, started a livestock farm.


Globally, meat and dairy account for between 14.5% and 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. According to a study by the advocacy group GRAIN and the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, the five largest livestock-based producers combined emitted more in 2017 than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP — and emissions have since risen.


President Biden plans to cut U.S. emissions in half, compared to 2005 levels, by 2030. Doing so will require reductions in the agricultural sector but questions remain about how to make it happen.


Activists have long called for consumers to go vegan or, at least vegetarian. But only 3% of Americans are vegan and 5% are vegetarian, shares that have barely increased since 2012.


Lundy and McGill started Perennial Roots in 2010...


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