On Earth Day, awareness of climate issues reveals a meaty culprit and reminds us that buying locally can help save the planet.

The Cattle industry is one of the biggest contributors to methane gas and the fossil fuels that impact the atmosphere.  National Geographic reported that eating beef is more harmful to the environment than driving a gas-powered car.  

So, KRQE hosted local popular eatery, The Acre Restaurant, to learn about healthy, sustainable and locally-sourced alternatives. 

Some Fun Facts courtesy of the Earth Day Foundation:

  • Eating one less burger a week is the same as taking your car off the road for 320 miles.
  • Skipping steak for a week is the equivalent of not driving for almost 3 months!
  • If a family regularly skips meat and cheese just one day a week, that would be the equivalent of not driving for five weeks or reducing their daily showers by 3 minutes.

Purchasing locally-produced foods reduce fossil fuels emission and offer the following benefits:

  • Fresh, seasonal food
  • Peace of mind knowing exactly where the food came from and how it was grown
  • Supporting the local economy
  • Building relationships within the community
  • Reduced fossil fuel emissions from less transportation – protecting the environment

For more information or to taste Chef Shawn’s healthy comfort food, visit the Acre Restaurant’s website.