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Earth Day 2022: Your Diet Might Be Contributing To Climate Change


Jules Cormier, MD

DID YOU KNOW?

Your Diet Might Be Contributing To Climate Change

Plant-based diets and planetary health

When people think “eco-friendly”, they think of electric cars or recycling. Most don’t associate burgers with climate change. Did you know that a plant-based diet could reduce your carbon footprint (Reijnders & Soret, 2003) on a scale much larger than electric cars? Animal agriculture is a significant producer of greenhouse gasses and a major contributor to climate change. Deforestation, inefficient use of finite resources like land and water and species extinction can all be minimized by switching to a plant-based diet (Sabate & Soret, 2014).


How plant-based diets benefit the planet