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The Meat of the Matter: Diet, Climate, and the Steady State Economy

Posted On: Mar 4, 2021   |   Posted By: Steady State

The Meat of the Matter: Diet, Climate, and the Steady State Economy

By Haley Demircan
The saying “you are what you eat” is clearly true to a great extent, but there's more to the story. The food we consume not only affects our being directly, but also the environment and the economy-and therefore us indirectly as well. Eating more vegetables and less meat and dairy is better for the health of most individuals here and now, and certainly for the health of the planet, now and for the long run. Without a healthy planet, there's no healthy economy.
A dairy cow raised for milk production.
The science is pretty clear, starting with the fact that Earth is warming at an alarming rate and economic growth is a major cause. According to the latest estimates , many regions have already surpassed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Meanwhile the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change clearly links greenhouse gas emissions to GDP growth. Among the factors contributing to that GDP growth is food consumption, and not all food consumption...

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