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Research Suggests The Best Thing You Can Do For The Earth Is Avoid Meat And Dairy

By Aimee Lutkin

Scientists have just released what is being called the most comprehensive study ever of the harm farming does to the planet, reports the Guardian, published in the journal Science. The analysis was based on a dataset culled from close to 40,000 farms in 119 different countries. The dataset covers 40 food products, which make up about 90 percent of all the foods humans eat. 

They then judged the impact each one of these foods have on the environment, from farm to table. How much land use is required, the amount of carbon emissions released in its production and transport, how was fresh water it requires, and what level of water and air pollution is created by its industry. 

Joseph Poore, who led the research out of the University of Oxford, told the Guardian the conclusion is undeniable. A vegan diet is one of the best things you can do for the environment.