Your food choices affect Earth’s climate

Eating meat can have twice the ‘carbon footprint’ of consuming fruits, veggies and grains

By Janet Raloff, 15:32 PM July 10, 2014

Every action has a cost. That’s as true for driving a car as it is for growing food and delivering it to your dinner plate. A team of researchers has just tallied the costs of producing meat versus other types of foods for human diners. They find that meat production — from farm to fork — releases more climate-warming pollution that does producing fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. A lot more.

Their calculations suggest that people could do a lot to slow global warming if they limited how mu...

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