Being vegetarian can help you save the world, according to UN

Vendors selling vegetables in a market during rains in New Delhi.Photo/Kamal Kishore) (
  • If people start including more vegetables and less meat in their daily diet, they can help mitigate carbon emissions.
  • Producing livestock releases more greenhouse gases than growing vegetables on a farm.
  • The strong recommendation was specifically for rich countries.
Climate change and increasing global temperature can be controlled if people consider turning vegetarian, said climate experts in a report lead by United Nations.

If people start including more vegetables and less meat in their daily diet, they can help mitigate the carbon emission. According to the experts, producing livestock releases more greenhouse gases than growing vegetables in a farm.

The strong recommendation was given specifically to rich countries. Most parts of the world don't eat a lot of meat, according to Timothy Searchinger from the World Resource Institute. However, the consumption of meat grows with the wealth of the country. For instance, United States "eat lots of meat", he added.

“Some dietary choices require more land and water and cause more emissions of heat-trapping gases than others,” Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II.

Producing livestock such as beef and lamb takes up a lot of land. Often space is made available after clearing the forests. The demand for livestock will decrease if people cut it down.

Further, these suggestions if adopted can save a million squares of land and reduce the carbon emission by 8 billion tonnes by 2050, pointed out the report.

The report was produced by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change and included over a hundred scientists from 52 countries across the world.
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