Chinese officials recently announced dietary guidelines aimed at cutting its citizens’ meat consumption by 50 per cent, which would benefit both human health and the environment.
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The organisation said numerous studies have shown a strong correlation between animal-derived foods and climate change, with meat-eaters responsible for almost 2.5 times diet-related greenhouse-gas emissions per day compared to vegans.
The Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS) has also enlisted celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, director James Cameron, and actress Li Bingbing in a nationwide campaign urging people to cut their meat consumption in half.
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Internationally, 14.5 per cent of planet-warming emissions emanate from the keeping and eating of cows, chickens, pigs and other animals. Livestock emit methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, while land clearing and fertilizers release large quantities of carbon.