08 Aug '11, 6pm

Is your cheese killing the planet?

Is your cheese killing the planet?

Who pooh-poohed my cheese? We all know that meat is terrible for the climate . A new report from the Environmental Working Group tells you which meats are the worst in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, as Tom Laskawy reported last month. But one finding in the report surprised (and alarmed) me: Cheese is quite hard on the climate too. EWG worked with CleanMetrics, an environmental analysis firm, to rank different protein sources in terms of their life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions per four-ounce serving. Beef, as you'd expect, is bad -- No. 2 on the list in terms of climate impact, surpassed only by lamb. But the No. 3 offender is cheese, ranking worse than pork and chicken ounce for ounce, and substantially worse than other dairy products like milk and yogurt. What makes cheese so bad? "Cheese has a high carbon footprint because it takes a lot of milk to produce a pound...

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