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Greenhouse Emissions From Animal-Based Products

Eating more plant-based foods could do the environment some good.

Animal products and greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse emissions would drop 35% if Americans replaced half of the animal-based products in their diet with plant-based foods, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Notably, their report, titled “Implications of Future US Diet Scenarios on Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” centers around the idea that going full-blown vegetarian or vegan is not necessary; we can make a difference by simply choosing chickpeas over chicken more often.

See also: The World Needs More Fruits And Vegetables

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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