31 Mar '16, 4pm

Going veggie could save slash emissions and prevent 8 million deaths a year - The Ecologist

Going veggie could save slash emissions and prevent 8 million deaths a year - The Ecologist

We found that adoption of global dietary guidelines could result in 5.1m avoided deaths per year in 2050. Vegetarian and vegan diets could result in 7.3m and 8.1m avoided deaths respectively. Eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting back on red and processed meat will make you healthier. That's obvious enough. But as chickens and cows themselves eat food and burn off their own energy, meat is also major driver of climate change. Going veggie can drastically reduce your carbon footprint . This is all at a personal level. What about when you multiply such changes by 7 billion people, and factor in a growing population? In our latest research, colleagues and I estimate that changes towards more plant-based diets in line with the WHO's global dietary guidelines could avert 5m-8m deaths per year by 2050. This represents a 6-10% reduction in global mortality. Food-related gr...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/2987482/go...

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