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Saving the planet is easy!

2009 December 13
by sampablokuper

With flights frequently cheaper than train tickets and the usage of oil-based products and fossil fuel energy still almost impossible to avoid, it’s easy to feel like saving the planet is an uphill struggle. What you may not know is that if you’re a carnivore, you can make a dramatic reduction in your environmental impact by simply choosing to reduce the amount of red meat in your diet.

The red meat industry is an intense emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs), so reducing your red meat consumption is a great first step towards reducing your carbon footprint.

Reducing consumption of animal products generally has another advantage: it is more efficient. Because arable farming produces more calories per acre than meat or dairy farming, it means less land is needed to feed a given population. This reduces the risk of food shortages and could even allow surplus land to be reforested as carbon sinks, as explained in this video.

To read even more about the environmental benefits of low meat diets, have a look at this New Scientist article.

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