vegetarian diet reduces greenhouse gasses and is better for the environment

The answer may surprise you. You have to change what you eat!

A new study published in the scientific journal Nature has concluded that, if you want to save the planet, you have to, amongst other strategies, eat less meat.

The study’s lead author noted that food production is responsible for about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and that “the production of animal products generates the majority of food-related GHG emissions (72-78% of total agricultural emissions),” making the food you put on your plate “a major driver of climate change.”

The study found that “adopting healthy and more plant-based diets globally could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the food system by more than half.” In fact, it could reduce GHG by a remarkable 56%. They found that to prevent global warming, the average person would need to eat 75% less beef, 90% less pork and 50% less eggs. We also need to triple the amount of beans and pulses we eat and quadruple the amount of nuts and seeds.

This is not the first time researchers have reached this conclusion. Several important studies have arrived at the same answer for saving the planet. Canadian researchers have found that, along with having one fewer child, living car free and avoiding airplane travel, eating a vegetarian diet is one of the four most important ways to save the planet.

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