Reducing The Meat You Eat Has Big Benefits For The Planet
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has predicted that our meat consumption will increase by as much as 15% by 2050. Which is bad news: some figures estimate that animal agriculture is responsible for half of global greenhouse gases. With that big of a role in the causes for global warming, cutting back on eating meat has got to make an impact. And according to a study from Oxford University, it will: if everyone in the world followed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for meat consumption, we could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2050. What's more, 5.1 million lives could be saved by reducing illnesses like heart disease and cancer, and $21 trillion could be saved in healthcare and other related costs. Those guidelines call for a maximum of 10.5 ounces (300 grams) of red meat per week -- that's about three Big Macs -- which is about half what the average American ate in 2012.