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Can a low-carbon diet make for a healthy planet?

 Street Roots - USA 14 March 2019

If you want to significantly reduce your carbon footprint, put down that beef burger. With livestock production alone accounting for 15 percent of all human-produced greenhouse gas emissions globally, we’ll need to change our eating habits to have any chance of meeting greenhouse gas emissions goals for 2050 says researcher Zak Accuardi. He explains what a low-carbon diet looks like, what foods have the greatest impact on climate change, and innovations in agriculture that might help keep some popular foods on the menu. (2788 Words) - By Emily Green

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The average American eats 90 pounds of beef each year, representing more than 1 ton of greenhouse gas emissions.Credit: Burgerlounge/Wikimedia Commons

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Considering the amount of methane produced by animals such as cows and goats, livestock production alone accounts for 15 percent of all human-produced greenhouse gas emissions globally. Does this mean we should adopt a vegetarian diets to save the planet? Credit: REUTERS/Reuters Photographer

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Countries with especially high meat consumption can emit nearly 50 percent more greenhouse gases per capita than those with low meat consumption.Credit: Zak Accuardi


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