Sorry, meat lovers: Cutting out meat from your diet would be great for the climate

The less meat people consume and the healthier their diet becomes, the more the climate benefits, Oxford University scientists said in a study published Monday.

If people in developed countries such as the U.S. were to eat less red meat and move steadily toward a vegetarian or vegan diet, they could live longer while helping to slash greenhouse gas emissions from food production by between 29 and 70% by 2050, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

While the study does not break new ground in noting the climate benefits of moving away from meat and toward a plant-based diet, it does succeed in tying those climate benefits to human health.

More than 25% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions come from food production and…

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