Americans are eating less beef. Here’s why that matters for climate change

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American diners are eating fewer burgers, steaks and meatballs, and that’s making a noticeable dent in the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, a new study found.

U.S. beef consumption fell by nearly one-fifth — or 19 percent — on a per capita basis from 2005 to 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said Wednesday in a report. Eating less beef resulted in pollution reductions equal to removing 39 million cars from U.S. roads.

“I’m used to bad news on climate, but this is a rare bright spot,” said Sujatha Bergen, the study’s lead author and a policy specialist in NRDC’s food and agriculture program. Read more…

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