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Meat means methane

Posted 13 September 2007

A report published in the medical journal, The Lancet (8/9/07) has stated that eating meat is threatening the environment and that the habit should be curbed. Gases from animals bred for food account for nearly a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide - more than the entire transport sector. ‘That leaves reducing demand for meat as the only real option,’ said Dr John Powles of Cambridge University.

The report, entitled‘Food, livestock production, energy, climate change, and health’ was written by an international team of scientists. Aside from the environmental benefits of eating less meat, it stressed the health benefits of cutting back. It said: ‘A substantial contract in meat consumption in high-income countries should benefit health, mainly by reducing the risk of ... heart disease... obesity, colorectal cancer and, perhaps some other cancers.’

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