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You Have No Idea How Much Your Diet Impacts Climate Change
December 29, 2014
By Laura Dattaro
Debates about how to combat climate change usually revolve around how to cut emissions from smokestacks and vehicle tailpipes. But that's just one part of the problem. Another big contributor to climate change is meat and dairy consumption.
Globally, raising cattle accounts for 14.5 percent of overall emissions. In the US, the agricultural sector, which includes livestock production and the crops used to feed all the nation's cows and poultry, accounts for 10 percent of all the greenhouse gases produced annually.
But a new report from Chatham House found the public was largely unaware of the link between an animal-based diet and climate change.