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Eat Smart: how your food choices affect the climate


Different foods have different impacts on our climate.  Lamb, beef, pork and cheese generate the most greenhouse gases and tend to have the highest environmental impact on the earth's climate and welfare of animals.

Producing vast amounts of meat and dairy requires large amounts of pesticides, chemical fertilizer, fuel, feed and water. It also generates greenhouse gases and large amounts of toxic manure and wastewater that pollute groundwater, rivers, streams and, ultimately, the ocean. In addition, eating large quantities of beef and processed meats increases your exposure to toxins and is linked to higher rates of health problems, including heart disease, cancer and obesity.

This doesn't mean we all have to stop eating meat, it just means we should be more conscious about how much and which types of meat we eat. Buying organic and free range options is always the best choice for your health and the earth.

The EWG have released 'The meat eater's Guide to Climate change and health' that you can read & download here.

The diagram below is a great visual guide to the environmental impact of our food:

image source: GHG data based on lifecycle assessment by CleanMetrics.

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