Jonathan Safran Foer: why we must cut out meat and dairy before dinner to save the planet

Found on The Guardian on Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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Our meat habit is the leading cause of deforestation, which releases carbon when trees are burned (forests contain more carbon than do all exploitable fossil-fuel reserves), and also diminishes the planet’s ability to absorb carbon.

It is hard to talk about our need to eat fewer animal products both because the topic is so fraught and because of the sacrifice involved. Most people like the taste of meat, dairy and eggs.

Or, we could start by not throwing away most of the food that is produced. Large masses of food are thrown away because it does not look pretty, or gets close to its shelf life without being actually bad.