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Meat Eater's Guide: Which Animal Products Have the Worst and Best Carbon Footprints?

A new report from the Environmental Working Group, the Meat Eater's Guide, assesses the environmental and health impact of our food choices.

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Unlike most studies that focus just on production emissions, our assessment calculates the full "cradle-to-grave" carbon footprint of each food item based on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated before and after the food leaves the farm - from the pesticides and fertilizer used to grow animal feed all the way through the grazing, animal raising, processing, transportation, cooking and, finally, disposal of unused food.

"The fact is, most people in the U.S. eat way more meat than is good for them or the planet," celebrity chef Mario Batali said, according to EWG. "We can focus on a more plant-based diet and support the farmers who raise their animals humanely and sustainably."

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