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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Our love of red meat is driving up emissions

Published 24/10/2016 | 02:30

A study revealed that two fifths of greenhouse gas emissions linked to the food we eat in Ireland comes from the red meat we consume. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A study revealed that two fifths of greenhouse gas emissions linked to the food we eat in Ireland comes from the red meat we consume. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Our fondness for a slice of red meat at dinner time is our main dietary "sin" when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research.

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A study revealed that two- fifths of greenhouse gas emissions linked to the food we eat in Ireland comes from the red meat that we consume.

Scientists at Teagasc, the agriculture and food advisory body, looked at the diets of 1,500 adults.

The study, which is the first of its kind, comes in the wake of recent controversial statements by former president Mary Robinson, who urged us to "eat less meat, or no meat at all", due to the toll its production takes on the environment.

However, the news is not all bad, because overall Irish greenhouse gas emission levels from our daily food intake are below the EU average.

Greenhouse gases warm the air and sea, causing droughts, violent storms, heatwaves and other effects.

While the focus in the past has been on how many car or air miles we clock up, the spotlight is increasingly turning on to our diets.

Irish Independent

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