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Updated 12 August 2013

Which meat harms the planet most?

Lamb, pork, beef, chicken: which meats do the most damage to the environment?

Q: I'm not quite ready to give up meat, but I'm trying to cut down. Are there maybe kinds of meat that are less damaging to the environment than other kinds?

Good broad guidelines for green-minded meat-eaters are thus to eat meat less often and in smaller portions whenever possible (the most recent recommendation is to cut consumption by half), especially lamb and beef, and to buy from local sources. Meat-eaters and ovo-lacto vegetarians alike should also keep their cheese intake modest. 

 
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