A 1.8 ounce (50 grams) serving of red meat is at least 20 times the emissions, 35 times more damaging to the environment and 100 times the land usage when compared to a 100 gram portion of veggies says a new study at Oxford University of Minnesota.
In the same study an added 50 gram serving of processed meat per day increased chances of death for the year to 41% higher than those that didn’t add it. Fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, cereals, olive oil and legumes were associated with improved health in addition to being more ecologically responsible.
The Oxford studies conclusion was that those who are on plant based diets or primarily plant based had less impact on the environment. Scientists hope these findings will help to inform policy makers, companies, and the general public about the impact our dietary choices have on the planet.