/Cows are getting a bad rap and it’s time to set the record straight: Giving up meat won’t save the planet

Cows are getting a bad rap and it’s time to set the record straight: Giving up meat won’t save the planet

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Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment — some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it.
This misconception comes from a UN report that claimed livestock was doing more to harm the climate than all modes of transportation combined.
The report was proven incorrect and further studies showed that even if Americans eliminated all animal protein from their diets, they would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by only 2.6%.

As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it.

A key claim underlying these arguments holds that globally, meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. However, this claim is demonstrably wrong, as I will show. And its persistence has led to false assumptions about the linkage between meat and climate change.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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