A new study conducted by the researchers at the Universities of East Anglia and Greifswald, Germany, believe environmental damage could be prevented by vegetarianism. This study showed that a move away from meat would cut greenhouse emissions and boost biodiversity.
How? Researchers believe livestock is responsible for rising greenhouse emissions, deforestation and a decline in water quality. In fact, according to the study, meat production is associated with 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 1/3 biodiversity loss.
The scientists at the Universities of East Anglia and Greifswald believe a switch to a vegetarian diet would have a direct, positive effect on the world’s environment.
Just how much meat are we eating anyways? Worldwide meat production has tripled over the last 40 years. And the average American eats 30 times more meat than the average East Indian. If left unchecked, the global demand for meat will increase. And as a result, there will be a decline in the world’s environment.
So think next time you bite into your burger or roast as it might have a serious effect on the environment!