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• Emily Moon at Pacific Standard reports on a new study that shows that Americans are substantially reducing their spending on red meat and the result is lower greenhouse gas emissions.
• How can environmental advocates help reduce meat consumption in the long term?
• Learn about how eating less pork can save the planet.
As more Americans seek to decrease their carbon footprint, red meat has become a popular target. Since January, New York City public schools have decided to go meatless on Mondays, a group of public health and nutrition researchers has called for a red meat tax, and President Donald Trump has even accused Green New Deal supporters of trying to "permanently eliminate" cows.
Total cow elimination aside, there's evidence backing these efforts: Research shows that production of red meat takes up more land and fossil fuels than other foods. On top of that, red meat consumption has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. With all the focus on individual decisions, however, the question often arises: How much impact can one person have?
Read the full article on food choices reducing greenhouse gas emissions by Emily Moon at Pacific Standard.