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Are vegetarians better for the environment?

burgerYou may think they’re tasty, but burgers could be doing more harm than you think. They’re not just clogging your arteries, they could also be contributing to global warming.

Scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have pointed out that meat production releases dangerous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.

During meat production, the cow must be fed on farmland, slaughtered, processed then shipped to the supermarket. All of this produces greenhouse gas – far more greenhouse gas than is involved in producing a vegetable stir-fry.

Ulf Sonesson, of the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, claims that by the time a burger hits your plate it has already produced over 19 times its weight in carbon dioxide.

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