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Green Habits: 3 Plant-Rich Diet

How does a Plant-Rich Diet support Climate Change Solutions? Spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh has said that transitioning to a plant-based diet is the most effective way an individual can stop climate change. The science supports his assertion. According to Project Drawdown, if cattle were their own country, they would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses (“Solutions.” Drawdown). The production of animal protein is typically not as efficient as the production of an equivalent amount of plant protein (Gerber, 2013). Findings from a 2018 study show that meat and dairy production produces 60 percent of agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions, but only provide 18 percent of calories and 37 percent of protein consumed around the world (Poore, 2018).  By cutting meat and dairy from your life, you could reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent (Poore, 2018). Additionally, a reduction in the cattle industry would result in a reduction of waste pollution (Ger…

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