WASHINGTON — It turns out there’s a surprising way to cut greenhouse gas emissions drastically.
Be a vegan.
A vegan diet consists of no animal products (meats, eggs, dairy, etc.)
New findings published in the Climate Change journal show meat-eaters’ dietary greenhouse gas emissions are double that of vegans’.
Producing, transporting and storing food contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and animal-based products release more emissions than plant-based products, the Huffington Post reports.
Emissions come from carbon dioxides and fossil fuels that are used to power farm machinery, also methane–as a result of livestock.
The Environmental Working Group similarly found that if all Americans adopted a vegetarian diet, the result would be comparable to getting 46 million cars off the roads.
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