Less Meat for a Better Climate

-By Lauren Balotin, ’19C, Environmental Sciences and Media Studies, and Meggie Stewart, ’18C, Environmental Sciences with an Arabic minor

When most people think about greenhouse gases, they usually imagine cars and factories burning fossil fuels for energy. And this makes sense; after all, fossil fuels contribute to 14.5 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports.  

However, this picture is limited. Why have efforts to reduce it been so limited if meat production causes such a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions? Why aren’t we, as a planet, recognizing the ways in which we can change our diets to control our climate? Past research has focused primarily on the science behind meat and climate, but has paid little attention to how we can fix the problem. 


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