28 Apr '14, 5pm

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Here’s a new eco-diet vocab word: demitarian . It means cutting your consumption of animal products in half. It was coined by Mark Sutton, an author of a new United Nations report that models how reducing Europe’s meat and dairy consumption would impact human health and the environment. Similar to flexitarian or weekday vegetarian , the concept of demitarian is another formula for reducing animal products in our diets without giving them up entirely. The report finds that if Europeans ate half as much meat, dairy and eggs, they could lower agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 percent. There would also be a 40 percent drop in nitrogen pollution , which can lead to poor air quality and decrease oxygen levels in water. The researchers based their model on the assumption that animal products would be replaced with plant-based foods. “We assumed that a reduction in...

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