American Dietary Recommendations May Actually Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 5, 2014 3:53 PM

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It turns out that dietary recommendations may not be a good thing for the environment. Scientists have found that if Americans altered their menus to conform to federal dietary recommendations, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases tied to agricultural production could increase significantly.

In order to better understand the impact of agriculture on greenhouse gases, the scientists examined the gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-one that recomm...

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