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[Environment] Beans Versus Beef? Try This Climate Change Food Calculator


What’s the environmental benefit of eating beans instead of beef daily for a year? Or drinking almond milk instead of cow’s milk? This climate change food calculator shows how eating a plant-based diet can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

The BBC calculator includes the environmental impact—including greenhouse gas emissions and land and water use—of more than 30 animal products, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and beverages.

According to the calculator, eating 75 grams of beef—a typical fast-food hamburger—daily for a year contributes greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving a car 7,196 miles—that’s crossing the United States about 2.5 times. Compare that to eating 150 grams of beans—about a third of a can—daily for a year, which is equivalent to driving a car 93 miles....Continue 


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