New Environmental Study Urges Americans to Eat Less Meat and Cheese

vegan chili.jpgThis week, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health, a comprehensive study warning Americans that the extreme amounts of meat and cheese we eat take a huge toll on the environment, animal welfare and human health.

Meat and dairy products require more energy and resources to produce, and generate more toxic waste and pollution than equivalent amounts of potatoes, rice, beans and other plant-based foods. According to the EWG, if everyone in the U.S. chose vegetarian foods over meat or cheese for just one day a week, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road per year.

To make the findings easier to swallow, the EWG published them online with colorful and informative graphics and an interactive guide that enables Americans to more easily understand how food choices affect their environmental footprint. The interactive guide also includes a "How much do you know about the meat you eat?" quiz, helpful tips on reducing meat consumption, and even a pledge to eat less meat.

Cutting back on meat and cheese not only helps the environment and lowers the risk of serious health problems, such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers, it also helps put an end to the needless suffering of farmed animals.

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