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Why eating less meat is one of the best solutions for climate change in 2020?

December 05, 2019

What can you do to help solve environmental problems and save the planet? Check out the article below to get more information about eating less meat – the simplest but most effective solution for climate change.

 

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At the moment, a global team of scientists has published a paper declaring a climate emergency. And they are calling for actions to address the problems of climate change. Among those actions, eating less meat is the simplest but biggest way to help the planet.

 

Why eating less meat is one of the best solutions for climate change in 2020?

 

According to a swathe of research released over the past year, eating meat, especially beef and pork has seriously damaged the environment. At the moment, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations states that emissions from livestock around the world attribute to 14.5 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 

Despite the fact that we need a lot of land for farmed meat, meat and dairy account for just 18% of all food calories and around a third of protein. This seems too inefficient.

Moreover, when we deforest to make way for livestock, we produce as much greenhouse gas emissions as the total cars, trucks, and airplanes emit. Along with greenhouse gases, we also increase methane emissions by raising too many cows and fertilizing.

Meat rearing practices are rapidly destroying streams, rivers, and the ocean since they are one of the main causes of water pollution. As a consequence, this could lead to the mass extinction of other animals as they lose their homes and lack daily necessities such as food, water.

Because of the numerous negative impacts of consuming meat on the environment, it is necessary for everyone to shift to a “flexitarian” diet. This is the simplest and most effective way we can do to help prevent the global temperature increase from breaching a 2C limit.

 

 

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