Here Are the Top 5 Foods Killing the Planet

The science is in: Climate change is real, and the food on our plates is a major cause. The debate is over. Since the Trump administration won’t take action—and even pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement—it’s up to us to make choices that will help stave off climate change.

We can make a huge difference simply by ditching animal products. Don’t believe us? Consider this: Raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, planes and other forms of transportation combined.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, here are the five most climate-damaging foods.

1. Beef (26.5 kg Co2e per kg)

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2. Lamb (22.9 kg Co2e per kg)

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3. Butter (11.9 kg Co2e per kg)

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4. Shellfish (11.7 kg Co2e per kg)

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5. Cheese (9.8 kg Co2e per kg)

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Notice what all of these foods have in common? That’s right: They’re all foods made from animals.

Just by going vegan, you can cut your carbon footprint in half. Not only will you help the planet, you'll spare countless animals from a lifetime of misery at factory farms. Pigs, chickens, cows and other farmed animals suffer immensely just to become meat, dairy and eggs.

Take a look:

Let’s all do our part to help protect the planet and farmed animals by switching to a healthy plant-based diet.

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