America’s hoarding a huge stash of uneaten cheese

Cheese board

Grist

Stop everything: The U.S. has been hoarding a massive stash of uneaten cheese weighing in at around 1.2 billion pounds — without telling you! To work off that surplus, the Wall Street Journal points out, everyone in the United States would have to eat an extra three pounds of cheese this year.

“No problem!” you say, rolling up your sleeves. But wait — before you take up your duty as a citizen and stuff your face with equal parts deep-fried mac and cheese and crêpes au fromage, consider this: That quantity of cheese consumption might contribute to global destruction.

We’re only being a bit hyperbolic, because it turns out that a block of muenster has a pretty monstrous climate impact. One study declared cheese the third-worst animal food product for greenhouse gas emissions, following beef and lamb. Chicken, tuna, and eggs all have lighter carbon footprints. Here’s why: To create cheese, you need a lot of milk — about 10…

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