In a tweet sent out Monday to her over 1.2 million Twitter followers, E! News host Maria Menounos shared some healthy advice that business mogul Russell Simmons touted on Menounos’ Sirius XM radio program Conversations with Maria Menounos.
Specifically, they talked about the environmental impact of meat production:
— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) 4 April 2016
Menounos is a well-known vegetarian who gained popularity as a health guru after her New York Times bestselling “EveryGirl” book series became a book companion to many women looking to drop the extra pounds. The 37-year-old encourages healthy eating and in recent years has become a vegetarian—something that has helped her keep her trim figure. Simmons is a well-known vegan (and author of The Happy Vegan) who regularly expresses how plant-based diets are good for one’s health as well as the environment.
Meat Production, Your Health and the Environment
Are Menounos and Simmons on to something? To a certain degree, yes. Research shows that meat production isn’t that great for the environment. For example:
- The impact of beef (per calorie) requires 160 times more land and produces 11 times more greenhouse gases when compared to wheat, rice or potatoes.
- It’ll take nearly 30 times more land and slightly over 10 times more water to produce red meat compared to chicken or pork.
- Red meat production results in more global warming emissions.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), beef, lamb and cheese have the highest emissions because they are derived from animals that create methane through their digestive process. These ruminant animals also need more energy-intensive feed and they produce more manure than chicken. Methane is even more powerful than carbon dioxide!
Maria Menounos Has Company: Other Famous Non-Meat Eaters
In addition to Maria Menounos and Russell Simmons, another famous vegetarian who tweets about his eating habits is comedian Onision. In a recent tweet sent to his 294,000 Twitter followers, he warned that over 600,000 people die in the U.S. every year from heart disease and that meat-eating is a leading cause of heart disease.
He then ends the tweet with one chilling, thought-provoking word: “Karma.”
Maria Menounos, Twitter. 3:45 p.m. – 4 Apr 2016.
“Shut the Front Door! If We Ate Less Meat, This Is What Would Happen to the Planet,” One Green Planet web site; http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/eat-for-the-planet-meat-and-the-environment/, last accessed April 5, 2016.
Onision, Twitter. 10:04 a.m. – 15 Feb 2016.
“Key Findings from the Lifecycle Assessments,” Environmental Working Group web site; http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/a-meat-eaters-guide-to-climate-change-health-what-you-eat-matters/climate-and-environmental-impacts/, last accessed