2017-12-05 21:14:30 UTC
Meat is Heat: The Effects of Diet on Global Warming
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on December 5th, 2017
One of the most prestigious medical journals in the world
editorialized that climate change represents the biggest global
health threat of the 21st century. Currently, chronic diseases are by
far the leading cause of death. Might there be a way to combat both at
the same time? For example, riding our bikes instead of driving is a
win-win-win for the people, planet, and pocketbook. Are there similar
win-win situations when it comes to diet?
As I discuss in my video Diet and Climate Change: Cooking Up a Storm,
the foods that create the most greenhouse gases appear to be the same
foods that are contributing to many of our chronic diseases.
Researchers found that meat (including fish), eggs, and dairy had the
greatest negative environmental impact, whereas grains, beans, fruits,
and vegetables had the least impact. And not only did the foods with
the heaviest environmental impact tend to have lower nutritional
quality, but they also had a higher price per pound. So, avoiding them
gives us that triple win scenario. more
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