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Monday, July 6, 2009

Meat Is Not Green

Environmental Warning: Meat's Not Green

Climate change has been called humankind's "greatest challenge" and the world's most grave environmental threat, but what is the leading cause of our climate crisis? Is it driving an SUV? Nope. Factories? Nope. Planes? Nope. These are the first things that come to mind, but the leading cause of climate change might actually be on your dinner plate.

According to a 2006 U.N. report, the meat industry produces more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined—providing further evidence that meat's not green. These gases worsen climate change and might lead to catastrophic disasters—like droughts, floods, hurricanes, rising sea levels, and disease outbreaks—unless we drastically reduce the amounts emitted into the atmosphere.

PETA's "Meat's Not Green" video shows that the most effective way that individuals can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions—and help reduce pollution and habitat destruction as well—is by switching to a vegetarian diet.

Is Your Diet Causing Climate Change?

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