Meat in excess is bad for us. We know that. The health benefits of a plant based diet has been widely studied and has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers. What we often don’t contemplate is the cost of meat to our planet. Food production is the second leading cause of Greenhouse Gas emissions in Australia and 70% of these emissions come from animal production.
Plant based diets have lower Greenhouse Gas emissions then meat based diets, emitting only 1kg of Greenhouse Gas per 1kg of plant foods compared to 8kg of Greenhouse Gas per 1kg of beef. Climate change experts are now recommending a reduction in meat consumption, especially from methane-producing cattle and sheep.
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