Giving Up Beef is Greener Than Walking

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  • Giving up beef is greener than walking: According to a new study, beef production results in five more climate-warming emissions than production of chicken or pork, using 28 times more land and 11 times water. Giving up (or reducing) beef in our diet can reduce carbon footprint more than using a car. The heavy impact of meat production on the environment has been known, however recent research shows a new scale and scope of damage, particularly for beef. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases. As the head researcher and Bard College Professor Gidon Eshel explained: “The big story is just how dramatically impactful beef is compared to all the others. Cutting subsidies for meat production would be the least controversial way to reduce its consumption.”
  • Newly discovered therapeutic bacteria can prevent obesity: A new probiotic that could prevent obesity might be on the horizon, according to a new research on mice. Scientists from Vanderbilt University have discovered a bacteria, which produces a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibiting weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice. As senior investigator Sean Davies, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology stated: “Of course it’s hard to speculate from mouse to human. But essentially, we’ve prevented most of the negative consequences of obesity in mice, even though they’re eating a high-fat diet.”
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