Meat eaters produce 59% more greenhouse gas emissions than vegetarians

It’s not like we didn’t already know this, but when it comes to our struggling planet, there can never be enough reminders: According to a new study, meat eaters produce 59% more greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) than vegetarians. Also, according to the study, men’s diets produce 41% higher emissions than women’s diets (again, mainly due to greater meat intake). 

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The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, was conducted by the senior researcher of the University of Leeds and his colleagues, who performed a detailed analysis of more than 3,000 different foods, assessing the GHG emissions generated during the production of each one. 

Meat was linked to 32% of diet-related GHG emissions and dairy products to 14%. Other notable mentions include tea, coffee, alcohol (15%) and cakes, cookies, and sweets (9%, we’re sorry...). 

We didn’t need any further proof that going vegan is the best thing you can do, individually, to help the environment, but you’re more than welcome to share this with anyone who does.

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