Oxford Study Shows Going Vegan Is The ‘Single Biggest’ Way To Reduce Environmental Impact

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth".

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A new study conducted by the University of Oxford has shown that changing to a plant-based diet is the ‘single biggest’ way to reduce your environmental impact.

The study, which was published in the journal Science, looked at a dataset that covered 40,000 farms across 119 countries and covered 40 different food items that represent 90% of all food eaten on Earth.

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The study then examined the individual environmental impact of the foods including looking at freshwater use, land use, water pollution, climate change emissions and air pollution.

It covered all aspects of creating the food, from the growing of the food to the consumption of it.

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research.

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“It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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