Cows are getting a bad rap and it’s time to set the record straight: Giving up meat won’t save the planet

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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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