New research carried out by Friends of the Earth and the Oakland CA Unified School District highlights the problem of meat eating on our Earth.
Schools decreased the amount of meat and dairy children ate by 30%. This reduced the school district’s carbon footprint by 14%. The school district would reduce its carbon footprint by 46% if it cut out meat and dairy completely.
In addition, the district saved 42 million gallons of water (158 million litres) and $42,000. This money was used to buy healthier fruits and vegetables.
School children in America eat 7 billion school meals each year. If schools across the country reduced the amount of meat and dairy by 30%, it would be equal to taking 150,000 cars off the road.
The study shows the importance of humans eating less meat and dairy to fight climate change.