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China Bites Into Lab-Grown Meat Movement To Ease Eco-Concerns

By Tessa Love

No matter what your diet is like, the production of food has a massive impact on the environment. Farms, for example, emitted six billion tons of greenhouse gases in 2011, or about 13 percent of total global emissions, making the agricultural sector the world’s second largest emitter after the energy sector. And when it comes to rising temperatures, meat is the biggest offender: Half of agricultural emissions come from the production of meat, and those with meat-heavy diets have the highest carbon footprint with 3.3 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. 

Some studies have shown that giving up meat would cause a bigger effect on climate change than giving up your car, and another recent study found that a global transition toward low-meat diets could reduce the costs of climate change mitigation by as much as 50 percent by 2050. 

Of course, a lot of people enjoy eating meat, and view it as a necessary protein in their daily lives. Dietary choices are personal, and while plenty of people are eating less meat, or being more conscious about where their meat comes from, a lot of people aren't interested in ditching it entirely. Luckily, researchers are already working on ways to get people ethical, sustainable meat without harming the planet.