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There's nothing like a healthy diet to beat climate change

Thursday 16 Mar 17 10:00am

Eating more vegetables and less meat benefits the planet as well as our health | Yimeng Shi


By TIM RADFORD | Scientists have worked out how to combat climate change and improve human health, one mouthful at a time.

The answer is a familiar one: they calculate that a relatively modest switch toward a more vegetable-based diet could, in the US at least, lead to a reduction of 222kg in greenhouse gas emissions per person per year, while cutting the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes by 20 per cent to 40 per cent.

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