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Here's exactly how your diet affects the planet, a landmark study finds

By Scott Dance

24 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A new study analysed by the Washington Post offers a new guide to weighing total ecological consequences of crops, livestock and seafood.

Eco-friendly eaters may know that almonds are a water-intensive crop, that fish farms pollute the water, or that beef consumption drives deforestation. But a new study released Monday goes far broader and deeper, offering a new guide to weighing total ecological consequences of crops, livestock and seafood.

Researchers amassed data on food production and its impacts on the Earth including disturbances to wild-animal habitats, water use and pollution, and contribution to planetary warming. Their findings reveal what types of food production have the greatest consequences, and where.

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