Eating Less Meat Could Slow Climate Change, Experts Say

LONDON (AP) - Scientists say eating fewer steaks and hamburgers
could help slow global warming.

In a special energy and health series of the medical journal The
Lancet, experts say reducing red meat consumption by 10 percent
would reduce the number of livestock raised. And that, they say,
would decrease the amount of gas emitted by cows, sheep and goats.
Such methane flatulence is said to contribute to global warming.

Demand for meat increasing worldwide. In China, for instance,
people are eating double the amount of meat they used to a decade
ago. That has experts worried that increased livestock needed to
meet the global appetite for meat will end up adding to the gases
that heat up the atmosphere.

One of the study's authors says other ways of reducing
greenhouse gases from farms, like feeding animals higher-quality
grains, would only have a limited impact. So, he concludes that
reducing demand for meat is "the only real option."

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