There is not a push to cut beef consumption to reduce GHG emissions

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack shot down rumors the Biden administration wants to limit how much beef Americans eat.

It stems from a year-old study out of the University of Michigan, which found cutting 90 percent of beef and replacing half of the other meats with plant-based foods would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent by 2030.

That is approaching the goal set by President Biden at last week’s climate summit.

The study also suggested limiting beef consumption to four pounds a year. That is about a hamburger a month.

Secretary Vilsack told reporters on Monday there is no “policy paper” in the administration to suggest eating less meat. Meanwhile, the EPA reports agriculture only contributes to 10 percent of annual emissions, while transportation and electricity account for more than half of total emissions.

Commercial, residential, and industry make up the remaining third.


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