Eating meat not only can harm your health, it also takes a toll on the planet. It is well-known that animal agriculture turns lush forests into barren deserts and discharges pollutants into our waterways.
The Environmental Working Group, a DC-based research organization, now adds to the data. The group released a new report tracking the “cradle-to-grave” greenhouse gas emissions associated with meats and other high-protein foods. The study examines the impact of food every step of the way, from the fields and barns to the trash cans and landfills. Among the top greenhouse-gas producing foods are lamb, beef, and cheese.
Researcher Kumar Venkat did the advanced calculations for the study, revealing that buying local meat has little impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Only 1 percent of the emissions from eating domestic beef comes from transportation.
Eating a plant-based diet is among the most effective actions needed to avert climate change.
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