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EWG outlines environmental impact of meat consumption

The Environmental Working Group today released a Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health so that consumers can evaluate the environmental impact of eating meat and cheese.

Beef generates more than twice the emissions of pork, nearly four times that of chicken, and more than 13 times that of vegetable proteins such as beans, lentils, and tofu, the report says. If Americans ate no meat or cheese one day a week, the effect on emissions would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road, the report claims.