Written by PETA | March 24, 2016
Researchers led by Dr. Marco Springmann at the University of Oxford studied the impact that a global shift in the way we eat would have on climate change and our health. And if their findings don’t have you ditching meat and stocking up on delicious fresh fruits and veggies, we don’t know what will.
Also a powerful step to mitigate climate change, ending meat production would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the global agriculture industry by 63 percent, and a world full of vegans would reduce those emissions by 70 percent. What are the associated cost savings of these reduced emissions? A cool $570 billion, the study predicts.
And a worldwide shift to vegan eating wouldn’t just save lives and the planet: According to the study, it would also cut billions of dollars in health-care costs and reduce the expenses incurred as a result of “informal care and lost work days”—saving as much as $700 billion to $1 trillion per year.