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More Plants and Less Red Meat for Healthier People and Planet

Climate change—fueled by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—poses a grave threat to our health and planet. As we work to reduce these dangerous emissions, we often overlook the climate footprint of our dietary choices. Yet, livestock production causes as much climate pollution as all the tailpipe emissions from the world’s vehicles combined, so even small reductions in red meat consumption can have a big impact on GHG emissions.

Beef is 34 times more climate pollution-intensive than legumes like beans and lentils, pound for pound.

As leading sellers of meals in the United States, food service companies can champion climate-healthy menus by purchasing less red meat and more climate- and health-friendly produce and legumes.

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