Livestock farming and the meat industry accounts for 18% of human-produced greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
Electing to not eat meat is a sure-fire way to reduce your impact on the environment.
The problem is that often, the diet that meets our nutritional needs isn't ideal for the planet.
"You could eat nothing but yellow corn — a crop that's grown in abundance, with reduced environmental impacts —but it would be catastrophic for your body to subsist on starch alone," environmental researcher Gidon Eshel told Business Insider. But in a study published today in Scientific Reports, Eshel and his team report that it's possible to satisfy our nutritional needs without eating meat — and help the environment at the same time.
The researchers calculated that if every American replaced all beef, chicken, and pork in their diet with a vegetarian option, that would save the equivalent of 280 billion kilograms (280 million metric tons) of carbon dioxide every year. That's roughly the total that the entire state of Ohio emits. Or, put another way, it'd be the same as taking about 60 million cars off the road.
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