Yes, the amount of red meat that the average person eats weekly causes a carbon footprint equivalent to driving 8,100 miles. The transportation of meat only accounts for 4% of the footprint that meat creates. Keep in mind that forests are being cleared for ranches, too.
Eating a vegetarian diet can reduce your carbon footprint. With the demand for meat at an all time high as the population rises and becomes wealthier while meat production becomes cheaper, forested land is being cleared for pastures which absorb carbon dioxide. Also, animals give off nitrous oxide gases and a great amount of energy is needed to store and to transport meat. Some meat producers and retailers are making efforts to decrease the carbon footprint of meat but currently minimizing its role in your diet is a way to reduce your carbon footprint.
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