Beef is one of the most destructive foods for our planet - and claims the lives of millions of cows every year. The UN have now declared that we must move away from consuming beef and instead adopt more plant-based diets if we are to fight climate catastrophe.


To keep global warming at safe levels, we need to address the impact the food system has on our planet - and it all starts with what’s on our plate. When land is used to raise animals instead of crops, water and soil are lost, trees are cut down to make land for grazing or factory-farm sheds, and untreated animal waste pollutes rivers and streams. In fact, scientists say that avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth. Take beef, for example:

  • Globally, beef is responsible for 41% of livestock greenhouse gas emissions, and livestock accounts for 14.5% of total global emissions. 

  • Raising cattle to produce beef is the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon country, accounting for 80% of the current deforestation.

  • It’s incredibly intensive and wasteful for land and water-use: 1.5 acres can produce a whopping 37,000 pounds of plant-based food, but 1.5 acres can produce only 375 pounds of beef. It also takes a staggering 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef.

Take Action

It’s clear more than ever that institutions must act now, and move our food choices towards more sustainable plant-based options. To demand change, we’re calling on universities across the UK to lead the way and #BanBeef in order to fight climate catastrophe and the deforestation of our planet. Both Cambridge and Goldsmiths have already stopped the sale of beef - now the rest must follow.

Add Your Name to Help #BanBeef from all UK Universities

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