Environmental impacts of beef production
Globally, the largest environmental impact of agriculture in general is the conversion of natural habitats to farming land. More pasture is used for cattle than all other domesticated animals and crops combined.
In addition, cattle eat an increasing proportion of grain produced from agriculture, are one of the most significant contributors to water pollution and soil degradation, and are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Finally, processing cattle into meat, meat by-products, and leather is a major source of pollution in many countries.