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- Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment — some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it.
- This misconception comes from a UN report that claimed livestock was doing more to harm the climate than all modes of transportation combined.
- The report was proven incorrect and further studies showed that even if Americans eliminated all animal protein from their diets, they would reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by only 2.6%.
As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it.
A key claim underlying these arguments holds that globally, meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. However, this claim is demonstrably wrong, as I will show. And its persistence has led to false assumptions about the linkage between meat and climate change.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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