Meat responsible for one-third of diet-related greenhouse gases

  • A new study, led by researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, found that healthy eating may produce lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • The researchers say that diets low in red meat, certain beverages, and sweet snacks have a smaller environmental impact.
  • They conclude that governmental policies should encourage plant-based diets for personal and planetary health.

Food production, processing, and packaging are responsible for more than one-third of global GHG emissions.

However, research on the environmental effect of food behaviors has mostly focused on a limited number of broad food categories. A recent study set out to

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